Journalists routinely slain in deadliest region
Magomedvagif (Sultan) Sultanmagomedov, the editor-in-chief of Makhachkala-TV, came under machine-gun fire while he was driving his car on 11 August. He had survived a previous assassination attempt in 2008.
His predecessor at the TV station, Abdullah Alishayev, was shot and killed in 2008. Both journalists were ideological opponents of Wahabiism, a conservative form of Islam that has gained popularity in Dagestan and other North Caucasus republics.
Journalists have been murdered and assaulted in Dagestan throughout 2008 and 2009.