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Daghestani Mayor Charged With Involvement In Killing

Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov in detention on June 2

Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov in detention on June 2

The mayor of Makhachkala, the capital of the Russia’s troubled North Caucasus republic of Daghestan, has officially been charged with involvement in the killing of a senior state investigator.

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on June 4 that Said Amirov is suspected of ordering the 2011 killing of Investigative Committee official Arsen Gadjibekov.

Amirov was arrested over the weekend and transferred to a detention center in Moscow.

CAUCASUS REPORT: Makhachkala Mayor Arrested In Murder Investigation

Two alleged associates have also been charged.

Amirov, 59, was first elected mayor in 1998.

He has survived more than a dozen assassination attempts.

One attempt in 1993 left him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.

Daghestan, an ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has become the most violence-plagued province in the North Caucasus in recent years.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RIA-Novosti