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Television Reporter Shot Dead

A gunman has shot dead a television reporter who had filed a complaint that led to the disqualification of a leading challenger of the Kremlin’s favored candidate in Ingushetia’s presidential election last year. Alikhan Guliyev was fatally shot in front of his apartment in northeast Moscow at about 9:20 p.m. on Friday, Interfax reported. He had been out shopping and was opening the door to his apartment at 21 Startovaya Ulitsa when he was shot twice in the back with a Makarov pistol. A complaint filed by Guliyev prompted the removal of Khamzad Gutseriyev from the race for the Ingush presidency last year, TV Center television and Ekho Moskvy radio reported Saturday. They said he had accused Gutseriyev, the region’s interior minister at the time, of campaign violations. The candidacy of Gutseriyev, who was disqualified shortly before the April 2002 vote, was backed by Ingushetia’s incumbent president, Ruslan Aushev, a hero of the Soviet war in Afghanistan who prompted the election by resigning late in 2001. Full Story

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