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AKHMEDNABI  AKHMEDNABIYEV

*This journalist is a candidate for addition to the memorial.

News Organization: NOVOYE DELO

Died: 2013

Location: RUSSIA

His killers were waiting for him when he stepped into his car outside his home in the volatile republic of Dagestan. Newspaper editor Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev had just started the engine when he was shot in the head in an ambush. He died in the same spot where he had survived a previous assassination attempt six months earlier. Despite being targeted on a “death list” and receiving threatening phone calls and text messages, Akhmednabiyev, 53, reported relentlessly on government corruption and human rights violations. At his funeral, mourners held signs saying, “Who will be next?” Dagestan is one of the most dangerous places for journalists in Russia, where deadly attacks have become a common way to silence reporters.