An assailant wearing a ski mask shot Baburova, 25, a freelance correspondent for the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, at around 3 p.m. on a downtown street within walking distance of the Kremlin. Baburova had just covered a news conference at which prominent human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov fiercely denounced the early prison release of a Russian army officer convicted in the March 2000 abduction and murder of a Chechen girl. The lawyer and journalist had just left the
The assailant shot Markelov in the back of the head with a pistol fitted with a silencer, the independent business daily Kommersant reported, citing sources in the Prosecutor General’s office. Baburova apparently tried to stop the killer, who walked past her after shooting Markelov; the man then shot her in the head, Kommersant reported, citing unnamed witnesses. Markelov, 34, died immediately; Baburova died several hours later in a
Baburova was a journalism student at
On July 15, 2015, the Moscow City Court convicted Ilya Goryachev, a leader of the extremist Battle Organization of Russian Nationalists, as the mastermind of the murder, according to news reports. Nine days later, the court sentenced Goryachev to life in prison in connection with the case. The court also said Goryachev had organized the killings of four other individuals, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported.