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Journalist slain in police custody

September 01, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An opposition Internet news site owner in Russia's troubled Ingushetia region was fatally shot soon after police detained him, and his colleagues called for a rally to protest his death.

Magomed Yevloyev is one of the most high-profile journalists to be killed in Russia since investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya was shot in Moscow in 2006.

Yevloyev, owner of the www.Ingushetiya.ru website, was a vocal critic of the region's Kremlin-backed administration, which is accused by opponents of crushing dissent.

A lawyer for the website, which survived repeated official attempts to close it down, said Yevloyev was thrown out of the car near a hospital after being shot in the temple.

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