Prominent Web journalist shot dead in Russian custody

A well-known journalist in one of Russia's most restive regions was shot just moments after he was arrested by Russian authorities on Sunday.

Magomed Yevloyev

Magomed Yevloyev

A well-known Web site owner in one of Russia's most restive regions was shot to death after he was arrested by authorities on Sunday, according to Russian news reports.

Magomed Yevloyev was whisked away by Russian Interior Ministry officials in Nazran, Ingushetia, shortly after he returned from a trip to Moscow. He was shot in the temple.

Yevloyev ran a Web site, focused on news from Ingushetia, an area sandwiched between Georgia's North Ossetia region to the west and Chechnya to the east. A court banned his Web site in August, calling it "extremist," according to a report by Novosti, the Russian News and Information Agency.

Authorities have suggested that Yevloyev may have resisted arrest and was killed by accident.

The group Reporters Without Borders called for a full investigation.

"We are outraged by the death of Yevloyev, who repeatedly demonstrated his courage and determination by reporting independent news in Ingushetia, although he and his family were harassed and threatened," the group said on its Web site.

Ingushetia, a predominantly Muslim region, is a semi-autonomous region that has traditionally had close ties with Russia. Yevloyev had been known as an opposition figure who posted controversial material on the Web site, which drew threats.

In October 2007, Yevloyev accused Ingushetia's president Murat Zyazikov of trying to assassinate him. An editor at Yevloyev's Web site left Ingushetia last month for Europe after fearing for her life, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Yevloyev's death adds to a growing number of journalists who have met violent deaths believed to be linked to their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by Russia.

Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist known for her human rights reporting on Chechnya, was shot in her apartment building in October 2006. Her death remains unsolved. In July 2004, the editor of Forbes Russia, Paul Klebnikov, was shot four times, dying soon after from his injuries.

Yevloyev's death comes soon after Russia's military campaign to eject Georgian troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two renegade areas technically belonging to Georgia. At least three journalists were killed covering that conflict, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?