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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.
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.