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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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To police, ‘the camera is like a red cloth to a bull’: four journalists on covering Russia’s pro-Navalny protests

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On January 23, Russia erupted in nationwide demonstrations against the January 17 arrest of Alexei Navalny. The opposition leader was taken into custody at a Moscow airport when he flew home after five months in Berlin, where he was undergoing medical treatment after having been poisoned. (He alleges the Russian government is responsible; Russian president…

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Russian police detain, beat, and harass dozens of journalists covering pro-Navalny protests

New York, January 26, 2021 – Russian authorities should allow journalists to cover protests freely and without fear, and refrain from attacking or detaining members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 23, police in at least 20 cities throughout Russia detained, beat, and otherwise interfered with the work of…

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Russian journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev: Jailed ‘without a single proof of his guilt’

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Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, religion section editor of the independent newspaper Chernovik, has been in pre-trial detention in Makhachkala, in the Russian republic of Dagestan, since his June 14, 2019, arrest on terrorism charges, according to CPJ research. On March 27, 2020, authorities filed new charges against Gadzhiev, accusing him of participation in an extremist organization, as…

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Abdulmumin Gadzhiev

Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, the editor of independent Russian outlet Chernovik’s religion section, was detained on terrorism charges on June 14, 2019. On March 27, 2020, Russian authorities filed additional terrorism charges, and in September ordered his detention extended. The journalist’s colleagues said they believe the charges stem from his 2009 interview with Israil Ahmednabiev, whom Russian…

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Gadzhimurad Kamalov

On December 15, 2011, a masked assailant fired 14 shots at Kamalov, founder of the independent weekly Chernovik, as he was leaving work shortly before midnight. Kamalov, 46, died en route to a local hospital. A Chernovik staffer who witnessed the killing through an office window told CPJ that the assailant fled the scene in a Lada…

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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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