Adilgerei Magomedtagirov

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Adilgerei Magomedtagirov
Born 1 November 1956
Gonada
Died 5 June 2009(2009-06-05) (aged 52)
Makhachkala
Cause of death
Gunshot
Nationality Russian

Adilgerei Magomedtagirov (1 November 1956, Gonada, Gunibsky District – 5 June 2009, Makhachkala) was a Russian politician and general, who served as the interior minister of Dagestan, a Russian Republic. He was a leader in the campaign against Islamic extremists in Dagestan, often using the slogan, "Take no prisoners."[1]

Career[edit]

Magomedtagirov was appointed Dagestan's interior minister in 1998.[2][3] He actively participated in the battle occurred as a result of the attacks perpetrated by Shamil Basayev-led Chechen-dominated Islamic guerrillas against Dagestan.[2]

Assassination[edit]

Three assassination attacks targeted Magomedtagirov since his appointment in 1998.[3] He survived two of these attempts. The first two assassination attempts were in Makhachkala, the capital city of Dagestan, in August 2007 and on 4 February 2007, respectively.[4]

He was shot dead on 5 June 2009, while attending a wedding at a restaurant in Makhachkala.[5] Magomedtagirov was shot by a sniper as he stepped outside the wedding to talk to his brother and a co-worker.[6] He died almost instantly from his wounds. One of his deputies, Aburazak Abubakarov, was also killed in the incident.[2] In addition, three other people, including the father of the groom, were wounded in the attack.[6]

The assassination was the first in Dagestan in that an official of such a high rank had not been killed before.[2]

Two people one of whom had been serving as lieutenant were arrested and sentenced in June 2013 due to their involvement in the murder.[3] They were allegedly financed by a militant group led by Ibragim Gadzhidadayev.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parfitt, Tom (22 June 2009). "Trouble in the north Caucasus". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Dzutsev, Valery (9 June 2009). "Assassination of Interior Minister Marks a new Level of Political Violence in Dagestan". Eurasia Daily Monitor 6 (110). Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ex-Serviceman Jailed for Murder of Dagestan Police Chief". RIA Novosti (Rostov). 25 June 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dagestan's interior minister targeted yet again". North Caucasus Analysis 8 (6). 8 February 2007. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Russian regional minister dies in gun attack - IFAX". Reuters. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Kamenev, Marina (12 June 2009). "Has Russia Lost Control of the North Caucasus?". Time Magazine. Retrieved 11 July 2009.