Alyakina, a journalist with dual Russian-German citizenship who was working for the German weekly magazine Focus
and the radio news service RUFA, was killed by a Russian soldier. Russian army officials had given her permission to cross an army checkpoint leading into the southern city of Budyonnovsk, where she was going to report on a mass hostage taking by Chechen rebels, but she was shot shortly after passing through the roadblock.
Medium: Print, Radio
Job: Broadcast Reporter, Print Reporter
Beats Covered: War
Local or Foreign: Foreign
Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials