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Chernovik founder Gadzhimurad Kamalov was killed in December 2011. Investigators have failed to determine the identities of the assailants or the masterminds. (Reuters/Lekai Dmitri)

In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved

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Gadzhimurad Kamalov, founder of the independent daily Chernovik, was murdered in Makhachkala, capital of Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan, on December 15, 2011. The slaying was brazen, coming on the national Day of Remembrance for journalists killed in the course of their work. The late-evening assault took place outside Chernovik’s newsroom, located on Makhachkala’s Magomed…

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Dagestan court acquits Chernovik journalists

New York, May 19, 2011–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s court ruling in the southern republic of Dagestan, which acquitted Editor Nadira Isayeva and four reporters with the Makhachkala-based independent weekly Chernovik of long-standing, politicized extremism charges. 

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Abdulmumin Gadzhiev

Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, the editor of independent news site Chernovik’s religion section, has been detained on terrorism charges since June 2019. The journalist’s colleagues said they believe the charges stem from the journalist’s 2009 interview with a person named Israil Ahmednabiev, whom Russian authorities later accused of terrorism.   Gadzhiev covered issues related to Islam in the…

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Gadzhimurad Kamalov

A masked assailant apparently lying in wait fired 14 times as Kamalov, founder of the independent weekly Chernovik, was leaving work shortly before midnight. Kamalov, 46, who was also a contributing editor and writer, died en route to a local hospital. A Chernovik staffer who witnessed the murder through an office window told CPJ that…

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A National Guard officer is seen in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on March 26, 2020. CPJ recently spoke with several people close to imprisoned journalists in Europe and Central Asia about the challenges of observing Ramadan behind bars. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledko)

COVID-19 lockdowns pose challenges for imprisoned journalists observing Ramadan

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This year, the Islamic month of Ramadan, which started on April 24 and will continue through May 23, is particularly challenging for Muslim journalists in jail to observe safely, their family members and friends told CPJ.

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New charges were recently filed against Chernovik editor Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, who has been detained since June 2019. (Chernovik)

Russian authorities bring new charges against jailed journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev

Vilnius, Lithuania, April 14, 2020 — Authorities in the Russian republic of Dagestan should immediately release journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev and drop all the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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An aerial view of the Dagestan capital of Makhachkala on March 24, 2012. Chernovik editor Abdulmumin Gadzhiev was detained in Makhachkala on terrorism charges on June 14, 2019. (Reuters/Grigory Dukor)

Editor Abdulmumin Gadzhiev detained in Russia on terrorism charges

Washington, D.C., June 14, 2019–Authorities in the Russian republic of Dagestan should immediately drop the charges against Makhachkala-based journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev and release him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Signs that read 'I am not afraid' are carried at a march in Moscow in memory of Boris Nemtsov. His killing has been compared to the murders of critical journalists. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

Murder of Boris Nemtsov highlights Russia’s impunity record

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The brazen contract-style killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on Friday night–carried out within range of a dozen security cameras and yards from the Kremlin walls in Moscow–serves as a grim reminder of the risks government critics face in Russia.

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The Road to Justice

Appendix I At least 370 journalists have been murdered in direct connection to their work from the beginning of 2004 through 2013, according to CPJ research. In 333 of the cases, no one has been convicted. In 28 cases, some suspects have been sentenced, or killed in the course of apprehension, but others believed to…

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Attacks on the Press in 2013: Russia

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While preparing to host the Sochi Winter Olympics, Russia continued to pressure journalists and human rights defenders covering sensitive issues. Authorities intensified their squeeze on Internet speech and upping their anti-press rhetoric. Impunity in anti-press violence remained largely unaddressed; one journalist died as a consequence of a previous brutal attack, and another was murdered in…

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