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Two Sentenced For Journalist's Killing In Daghestan

Two local men in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have been convicted of killing a journalist and sentenced to prison.

A court in Daghestan's capital, Makhachkala, found Murad Shuaybov and Isa Abdurakhmanov guilty of killing Malik Akhmedilov and sentenced them to 10 1/2 and 8 years in jail respectively, on March 30.

The two were arrested in 2013 and went on trial in April 2014.

Akhmedilov, chief editor of Sogratl newspaper, was shot dead in August 2009 near his home in Makhachkala.

Russia's volatile North Caucasus has become one of the most dangerous places for journalists to work.

Predominantly Muslim Daghestan is a battlefield in the between government forces and Islamist militants whose insurgency is rooted in two post-Soviet separatist wars in neighboring Chechnya.

Daghestan is also plagued by violence linked to organized crime and political power struggles.

Based on reporting by and Interfax