Kazbek Gekkiyev

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Kazbek Gekkiyev
Born c. 1984
Died 5 December 2012 (aged 28)
Occupation TV journalist and anchorman

Kazbek Gekkiyev (c.1984 – 5 December 2012) was a Russian television journalist who was killed on 5 December 2012 in the North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.[1] He was the seventh journalist murdered in ten years in the North Caucasus region.[2]


Gekkiyev was a television journalist and news announcer. After a number of his colleagues resigned due to threats, he became the anchorperson of the TV program Vesti of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK) "Kabardino-Balkaria",[3] which is a local-state controlled TV channel.[4]


Gekkiyev was murdered in Nalchik, the capital of the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, on 5 December 2012.[3] He was shot in the head by two men while going to his home with a friend.[2][5] Gekkiyev was 28 years old.[6]


  1. ^ DeFaria, Daniel (6 December 2012). "Kazbek Gekkiyev, Russian journalist, shot dead". Global Post. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Kazbek Gekkiyev". Committee to Protect Journalists. December 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Who benefits from Kazbek Gekkiyev's death?". Georgia Times. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Elder, Miriam (6 December 2012). "Russian newsreader shot dead in Caucasus republic". The Guardian. Moscow. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "UNESCO Director-General deplores murder of Russian journalist Kazbek Gekkiyev". UNESCO. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Kramer, Andrew E. (7 December 2012). "Anchorman Shot Dead". The New York Times. p. 8.