Reporters Without Borders today condemned the killing of Magomedzagid Varisov, the second journalist to be murdered this year in Russia, and called on interior minister Rashid Nurgaliyev to order an immediate investigation aimed at identifying both perpetrators and instigators and bringing them to justice.
Varisov was gunned down at around 9 p.m. on 28 June in Makhachkala (the capital of the southwestern republic of Dagestan) as he was getting out of his car in front of his home. He died instantly, while his driver, who was wounded by several shots, was hospitalized. His wife, who was also with him, was not hit. The police said they were looking for a black Lada car which the gunmen used to get away.
It seems likely that Varisov was killed because of his work as a journalist. The head of the political section of the weekly Novoye Delo, he was very critical of the Dagestan opposition in his articles. He also headed the Republican Centre for Strategic and Political Initiatives.
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