Abdulla Alishayev

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Abdulla Alishayev
Died 2 September 2008
Makhachkala, Dagestan
Nationality Russian
Occupation Journalist
Employer TV-Chirkei
Known for his documentary Ordinary Wahhabism (2006)

Abdulla Telman Alishayev (died 2 September 2008) was a Russian Dagestani journalist and writer. Alishayev was the television host of a popular mainstream Islamic television station in the Republic of Dagestan, a multi-ethnic Russian republic within the Caucasus region.[1][2]


Alishayev hosted a popular Islamic themed television program called Peace to Your Home, which aired on TV Chirkey (TV-Chirkei), a mainstream Muslim television station.[3] He was a prominent opponent of fundamentalist Islam within Dagestan and Russia.[4] He had recently hosted and aired a documentary on TV Chirkey criticizing radical forms of Islam.[4] Alishayev was particularly critical of Wahhabism, which had taken root in neighboring Chechnya, and actively advocated for more moderate forms of Islam.[5]


Alishayev was shot in the head and shoulder by two unknown assailants while driving his car on the evening of 2 September 2008.[3][4] The attack took place in the Dagestani capital city, Makhachkala.[4] He was rushed to Makhachkala’s Central Hospital, where he was operated on.[3][4] However, Alishayev died on 3 September 2008.[3] His funeral was attended by over 1,000 people.[3]

Alishayev's killing came less than three days after the police shooting of journalist and businessman Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of Ingushetiya.ru, in the nearby Republic of Ingushetia.[4][6]


U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said of the killing of Alishayev that "There needs to be people held to account for what happened. There is in Russia itself, unfortunately, a sad recent history of violence against journalists who are merely seeking to do their job. And the kinds of threats, intimidation, and violence that's used against a free press or those seeking to work in a free press in Russia have been unacceptable."[1]


  1. ^ a b "Two Russian Journalists Killed". Voice of America. 5 May 2008. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Telman (Abdulla) Alishayev". Committee to Protect Journlists. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "IPI Deplores Deadly Attack on Journalist Abdulla Alishayev in Russia's North Caucasus". International Press Institute. Retrieved 15 September 2008. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Anti-radical Islam reporter killed in south Russia". Reuters. The Independent. 3 May 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dagestan, Journalist for "Official" Islam Killed". Reuters. Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. 3 May 2008. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 
  6. ^ Belton, Catherine (3 May 2008). "Tension in Ingushetia after journalist's death". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 September 2008.