Outspoken Chechen blogger murdered 'violently' in French hotel

WION Web Team Lillie, France Feb 06, 2020, 02.55 PM(IST)

Chechen blogger Imran Aliev Photograph:( Others )

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According to French officials, the blogger's name was Imran Aliev and he ''suffered a violent death''.

A youtube blogger from Chechen who was an outspoken critic of the country's President Ramzan Kadyrov, was ''violently murdered'' in a French hotel's room.

According to French officials, the blogger's name was Imran Aliev and he ''suffered a violent death''.

Reportedly, he was stabbed repeatedly in the neck.

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The 44-year-old ran a YouTube channel which frequently criticised the Chechen regime which is backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin

The police believes that the victim knew his murderer.

They are hunting down the 35-year-old Chechen man who police believe is the primary suspect.

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The police believes the motive behind the murder is political.

The knife found at the crime scene has been sent to a forensic laboratory for assessment.

The murder is warning to others and an attempt to intimidate anyone who criticizes 'Russian protégé' Ramzan Kadyrov, as per Mansur Sadulev, chairman of the Chechen Human Rights Association.

Kadyrov is known for his allegiance to Russian President Vladimir Putin.