Skip to main content
/europe

Human rights lawyer, journalist killed in Russia

  • Story Highlights
  • Lawyer was known for his work on abuses by the Russian military in Chechnya
  • Gunman also shot journalist from newspaper when she tried to intervene
  • Attorney had opposed release of man convicted of strangling Chechen girl
  • Chechnya is an autonomous Russian republic
  • Next Article in World »
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A masked man shot and killed on Monday a Russian human rights lawyer known for his work on abuses by the Russian military in the breakaway region of Chechnya, Russian media reported.

The gunman also shot Anastasia Baburova, a journalist from Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper, when she tried to intervene. Baburova died later in a hospital.

Attorney Stanislav Markelov held a press conference earlier in the day opposing the early release of Col. Yury Budanov, who had been convicted of strangling a Chechen teenage girl. Budanov was released after serving only half his jail term.

Chechnya is an autonomous Russian republic. Rebels seeking independence there have long been fighting Russia.

All About ChechnyaRussia

  • E-mail
  • Save
  • Print
Quick Job Search
keyword(s):
enter city:
Home  |  World  |  U.S.  |  Politics  |  Crime  |  Entertainment  |  Health  |  Tech  |  Travel  |  Living  |  Money  |  Sports  |  Time.com
© 2013 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.