Journalists Killed  |  Russia

Jochen Piest


January, 10, 1995, in Chervlyonna, Russia

Piest, a correspondent for the German newsmagazine Stern, was killed in a suicide attack by a Chechen rebel in the village of Chervlyonna, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of the Chechen capital, Grozny. The rebel was firing his submachine gun as he drove a small diesel locomotive at high speed toward an empty Russian troop train parked on the track. Piest was fatally hit by three bullets. Rossiskaya Gazeta correspondent Vladimir Sorokin was wounded in the attack. The gunman died when the locomotive collided with the military train.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Foreign

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related

Suspected Source of Fire: Military Officials

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