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RZM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:22 PM
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Chechen poet shot dead in Moscow
Source: Reuters

A poet and academic from Russia's volatile region of Chechnya was found dead Wednesday outside a Moscow apartment building in what investigators said appeared to be a contract killing.

Ruslan Akhtakhanov was shot in the head in north Moscow around midnight before his killer escaped in a car, police said. They later found the burned-out vehicle on the southern edge of the city, Russian wire agencies reported.

Akhtakhanov, who had won a prize for his poetry, was an administrator at Moscow's Modern Humanitarian Academy, where he awarded Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov an honorary professorship.

Rights groups say Kadyrov's Chechnya relies on heavy-handed law enforcement techniques including torture, kidnapping and extra-judicial killings to battle the Islamist insurgency.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/16/us-russia-mur...
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:27 PM
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1. Can't say I'm surprised.
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secondwind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 04:16 PM
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2. They can't silence everybody....
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 09:12 PM
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3. "Extra-judicial." What a disgusting term. nt
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 03:12 AM
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4. When poets are threatening, you're pretty fucking paranoid
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