Target: President Vladimir Putin
Goal: To bring to justice those responsible for the killing of a journalist in Dagestan.
The Russian government must conduct an investigation into the killing of a prominent journalist from the province of Dagestan. Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev recently died of gunshot wounds after being gunned down while entering his car in the morning. He was the deputy chief editor of an independent weekly in Dagestan. He was also a contributor to online websites dedicated to the causes of the Dagestani people, an oppressed ethnic minority in Russia.
There is currently a small insurgency group working to gain independence for the Dagestani people from the Russian government. Mr. Ahkmednabiev is the second journalist covering counterinsurgency issues who has been murdered in the last two years. The Russian government still has not prosecuted anyone for the first murder. The government must ensure that those responsible for this new attack are brought to justice.
This was the second time that Mr. Akhmednabiev had been targeted. In January 2013 he narrowly missed a similar fate. Law enforcement did not investigate this incident fully and no one was charged. Mr. Akhmednabiev’s lawyer insists that the murder would not have occurred if law enforcement had followed through on a thorough investigation. While investigators have already admitted that he was targeted because of his reporting, there have been no arrests. The Russian Investigation Committee, the state agency in charge of criminal investigations, must do all it can to bring those responsible to justice.
Dear President Vladimir Putin,
The recent killing of Dagestani journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev must be thoroughly investigated. He is the second counterinsurgency reporter from Dagestan to be killed in two years. Your government must do all it can to bring those responsible to justice to ensure the practice of freedom of speech.
Your investigation officials must ensure that the investigation is thorough. The first murder of a Dagestan journalist in 2012 is yet to be resolved. This is unacceptable. I ask that you take special interest in this case and ensure that justice is served.
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