News Organization: NEWSWEEK
On assignment for the Russian edition of Newsweek, Chikhladze was with other journalists covering the fighting between Georgian troops and the Russian-backed South Ossetian militia when they came to a roadblock. Unable to identify who was manning the roadblock, they identified themselves in Georgian. The forces at the roadblock responded with a hail of gunfire that killed two of the journalists and wounded the other two. Chikhladze was 30.