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Officials Say Jailed Makhachkala Mayor Attempted Suicide


Said Amirov

Said Amirov

The jailed mayor of Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s troubled North Caucasus republic of Daghestan, has been hospitalized after reportedly attempting to kill himself in a Moscow detention center.

Officials with the Russian Federal Service for Correctional Institutions said that Said Amirov had cut his wrists with a blade.

His current health condition is reported to be "satisfactory."

Saidov was arrested earlier this month and charged with ordering the 2011 killing of Investigative Committee official Arsen Gadjibekov.

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 of which, in 1993, left him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.

Daghestan has become the most violence-plagued province in Russia's North Caucasus in recent years.


Based on reporting by Interfax, RIA Novosti, and "Izvestia"
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