An blogger and activist who has been hyper critical of both Russia and Chechyna has been found dead in a hotel room in France, having had his throat slit along with dozens of stabs wounds. As The New York Post reports:
An outspoken blogger who routinely attacked Russia and Chechnya has been found dead in a French hotel with his throat slit and 100 stab wounds — and police suspect a “political motivation,” according to reports.
Chechnyan blogger Imran Aliev, 44, was found late last month in a hotel blood bath in Lille that reflected “extreme savagery,” sources told Agence France-Presse. His throat had also been slit, Business Insider said.
Aliev had political refugee status and was living in Belgium under police protection “because of threats out of Russia and Chechnya over his opposition blogging,” a senior French police official told the outlet.
Using the online handle “Mansur Stariy,” he became known mostly for his strident diatribes critiquing Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, the report says.
Aliev had reportedly checked into the hotel room with another man who had a Russian passport. A man who has now gone missing after the discovery of Aliev’s body.