January 5, 2009, in Murmansk, Russia
On December 30, 2008, an unidentified assailant shot and
seriously wounded Amrakhov, editor of the online regional news agency RIA 51,
in his apartment building in the northern city of Murmansk, the independent
news agency Regnum reported. The assailant shot the journalist several times in
the head, using what is known as a non-lethal traumatic pistol, the local press
According to local press reports, Amrakhov was conscious immediately after the attack and managed to give his family details. He was taken to a
Local police reportedly considered several potential motives for the attack, including Amrakhov’s journalism, the local channel TV-21 reported. Several local reports said the choice of weapon suggested the attacker intended to intimidate the journalist but not necessarily kill him.
On January 22, Gen. Vitaly Fedotov, head of the
The Moscow-based Glasnost Defense Foundation said the
journalist suffered a concussion in a 1997 attack in which an unknown assailant
struck him in the head with a blunt object in the entrance to his apartment
building. In February 2008, Amrakhov publicly protested the authorities’
decision to deny him accreditation for then-President
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.