Sunday, March 23, 2008
Russian law enforcement is investigating the murder of Ilyas Shurpayev, a Channel One correspondent, in his Moscow apartment. Firefighters found the body when they were called to the scene to put out a fire, which they believe was set after Mr. Shurpayev died. Police indicate that a few hours after Mr. Shurpayev died, another journalist, Gadzhi Abashilov, was shot to death in Dagestan, Mr. Shurpayev's home province, by two unidentified gunmen. They would not speculate on whether the killings were related. Read more here.