Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev. Photo by Patimat Makhmudova for the "Caucasian Knot"

24 October 2018, 09:25

Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev

On July 9, 2013, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, our colleague, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, was killed in the suburb of Makhachkala. Being in one of the hottest regions in Northern Caucasus, he highlighted acute topics, including human rights violations in Dagestan, crimes committed by law enforcers, persecution of religious communities and believers. He became the 17th journalist killed in Dagestan over the past 20 years and the second killed staff member of the "Caucasian Knot". We bow our heads before him.

In January 2014, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev was nominated for the "Caucasian Knot" contest "Hero of the Caucasus-2013".


On August 25, 1959, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev was born in the village of Karata in the Akhvakh District of Dagestan.

In 1983, he graduated from the Dagestani State Medical Academy with a degree in medical care.

He worked as a therapist in his native village of Karat.

Since the early 1990s, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev began to work as a journalist.

From 2005 to 2006, he worked for the newspaper "Chernovik" (Draft).

Since 2006, he worked for the Dagestani weekly "Novoye Delo" and occupied the position of the first deputy editor-in-chief. Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev also worked as a correspondent for the "Caucasian Knot".

In September 2009, the name of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev appeared on the "shooting list", leaflets distributed throughout the capital of Dagestan, in which anonymous authors promised to take revenge on for militiamen and civilians. Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev appealed to the law enforcement bodies with a request for the guard.

In 2012, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev and Milrad Fatullaev, the editor-in-chief of the Dagestani edition "Nastoyaschee Vremya", founded the Independent Union of Journalists. The reason for the creation of the NGO was the conflicts of independent journalists with the authorities of the republic.

Since March 2012, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev worked at the Dagestani Centre for Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery as a cardiologist.

In May 2012, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev complained about receiving threats.

On January 11, 2013, unidentified persons fired four shots at Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, but the bullets passed by and the journalist was not injured. A criminal case was instituted.

On July 9, 2013, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev was shot dead near his house in the village of Semender in Dagestan. According to the priority version, the murder was associated with his professional activities.

In March 2014, the US Department of State's report on the state of affairs in the world on human rights cited statistics from the Glasnost Defence Foundation, according to which, as of November 1, 2013, three journalists, including Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, were killed in Russia, and the authorities did not arrest any suspects in the case.

In 2014, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev was selected the first among equals in the "Hero of the Caucasus-2013" contest.


Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev had three children, grandchildren.

Investigation into murder

In May 2012, Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev complained about receiving threats. On January 11, unidentified persons made four shots at him, but the journalist was not injured.

In July 2013, the Investigating Department for Dagestan of the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) reported that the professional activities of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev were considered a priority version of the murder.

On April 30, 2016, the investigation "was suspended because of the failure to identify the person to be charged as a defendant."

On June 8, 2016, advocate Toumas Misakyan, invited by the "Caucasian Knot" to represent the interests of the injured party in the murder case, filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The complaint stated that the investigation into the murder had been conducted ineffectively and the authorities had failed to take measures to protect Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev.

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