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TV presenter shot dead in Russia

MOSCOW, Dec 6, 2012, Reuters:

A state television presenter in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus was shot dead late on Wednesday in what federal investigators said may have been meant as a warning to journalists reporting on an Islamist insurgency.

Kazbek Gekkiyev, 28, who worked for a local channel of Russian state broadcaster VGTRK, was killed in Nalchik, capital of Kabardino-Balkaria province, the federal Investigative Committee said.

He was not known for reporting on crime or the insurgency, which is less prevalent in Kabardino-Balkaria than in other provinces such as Dagestan.

A woman identified as a witness by another VGTRK channel said two people had got out of a car and asked Gekkiyev, ‘Are you TV presenter Kazbek Gekkiyev?’ before the shots were fired.

Colleagues were reported as saying they did not understand the motive for the killing, and the investigators said they were not ruling out any possible cause.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said last year that the North Caucasus, a mostly Muslim string of provinces in southern Russia, was one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

Local representatives of federal bodies are often targets of violence there.
Media cited Gekkiyev’s coworkers as saying other presenters at the station, which usually follows the official line in its reporting, were taken off the air after receiving threats from local insurgent leaders.

The reports said those journalists had reported on operations by security forces against the Islamist radicals.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said the security services were still trying to identify suspects.


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