Kringkastingssjefen i Dagestan ble skutt og drept i en bil i hovedstaden Makatsjkala søndag. Dagen før ble en journalist i Kanal 1 funnet drept i sin leilighet i Moskva. Også han var fra Dagestan og dekket Nord-Kaukasus.

Gadzhi Abashilov, 58, died when his car was sprayed with bullets from attackers in a passing vehicle in the republic’s capital, Makhachkala.

Mr Abashilov was a well-known journalist in Dagestan.

Before becoming head of Dagestan’s State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, he hosted his own TV programme, edited a local newspaper and served as deputy information minister in the republic.

His death came a day after another journalist from Dagestan, Ilyas Shurpayev, was found dead in his flat in Moscow.

Mr Shurpayev, who worked for Russian Channel One television, reported from all over the North Caucasus region.

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