Two media workers missing in Russia's Dagestan: report

21st August 2010, Comments 0 comments

The two leaders of a media organisation in Russia's troubled Caucasus region of Dagestan have disappeared after being tracked for several days by unknown people, a report said Saturday.

Abubark Rizvanov, the director of Khuda-media, and his deputy Timur Kurbanmagomedov were last seen travelling in a car on Friday afternoon and have not been heard of since, local journalist Orkhan Jemal told Moscow Echo radio.

Half an hour after their departure the two men were not contactable on their mobile phones, he added.

For several days before their disapperance unidentified men were seen following the pair and trying to take photographs of them, Jemal said.

Several journalists and activists have been killed in Dagestan in recent years.

A journalist for a local newspaper in Dagestan, Malik Akhmedilov, was found shot dead on Tuesday on the outskirts of the capital Makhachkala, Russian news agencies reported.

Dagestan is part of Russia's volatile North Caucasus, where authorities are struggling to quash a Muslim insurgency that the Kremlin views as a terrorism threat.

© 2010 AFP

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