A leader of the ethnic Lezgin community in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Daghestan has been found dead with numerous stab wounds.
Russian media reports quoted Daghestani law enforcement officials on March 21 as saying that Nazim Gadzhiyev — the leader of the Lezgin national movement Sadval (Unity) — was found dead in his apartment in the regional capital, Makhachkala.
Nearly a year ago, on March 24, 2015, an activist with the movement, Ruslan Magomedragimov, was also killed in Daghestan. Nobody has been held responsible for the killing yet.
The Sadval movement was established in 1990 to promote the idea of unifying the Lezgin people living in Daghestan and neighboring Azerbaijan.
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