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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 sentenced to prison over the killing of a journalist.

A court in the regional capital, Makhachkala, found Murad Shuaibov and Isa Abdurakhmanov guilty on May 30 of killing Malik Akhmedilov, and sentenced them to 10 1/2 years and eight years in prison, respectively.

The two were sentenced in March 2015 to the same prison terms but their case was later reviewed by a court.

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

Daghestan has become the epicenter of violence by armed criminal groups and militants seeking to establish an Islamic state in the North Caucasus.

Police, journalists, and government officials are regularly targeted in attacks.

With reporting by Caucasian Knot