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Detention Center Chief Killed In Russia's North Caucasus


About 150 people were reportedly killed in the October 2005 attack on Nalchik, most of them attackers.

About 150 people were reportedly killed in the October 2005 attack on Nalchik, most of them attackers.

NALCHIK, Kabardino-Balkaria -- The head of a detention center in Nalchik, the capital of Russia's Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, has been assassinated, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Attackers shot dead Vitaly Bogatyrev as he returned home from work on May 14.

There are currently 58 people accused of taking part in a 2005 rebel attack in Nalchik being held in the detention center.

Officials said that Bogatyrev's murder could be related to his professional activities.

Kabardino-Balkaria's Supreme Court has begun holding hearings on the cases of the detainees and investigators from Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office in Moscow arrived in Nalchik on May 15.

Kabardino-Balkaria is a republic of more than 900,000 people in the volatile North Caucasus.
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