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Journalist Nina Yefimova killed

On 9 May 1996, Nina Yefimova, a 25-year-old Russian correspondent
who resided in Chechnya, was found dead from a pistol shot to the
back of the head. According to ITAR-TASS, both Yefimova and her
mother were abducted from their apartment on the outskirts of
Grozny on the night of 8 May. Yefimova's body was found the
following morning in Grozny's Leninsky District, while her
73-year old mother was found that evening in a deserted canned
food factory in Grozny. A local law-enforcement official who
declined to give reporters his name claimed that the murder was
committed "for private reasons," but journalists in Grozny and
Moscow believe that her murder was related to stories she had
published on crime in Chechnya.

Yefimova was a contributor to the newspaper "Vozrozhdeniye"
("Revival"), a Russian-language newspaper distributed in Chechnya
and described as "relatively independent" by the Glasnost Defense
Foundation (GDF), a Moscow media watchdog group. All media in
Chechnya are controlled by the Moscow-installed government of
Doku Zavgayev.

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