The journalist and human rights defender Timur Kuashev who went missing at the end of July has been found dead in Nalchik, the capital city of the Kabardin-Balkarian Republic.
Kuashev was reported to have disappeared on the evening of July 31 and was found dead earlier this week. It is believed that he was abducted from his home.
Many people are already calling Kuashev’s death a murder, although some reports have claimed that there were no signs of violence seen on his body, which was found abandoned in a woods. A forensic investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of death.
Kuashev worked as a correspondent for Dosh, a magazine covering the Russian Caucasus. His recent work included an investigation of abuses carried out by security forces during anti-terrorism operations. He was also a member of the Circassian people, an ethnic group native to the North Caucasus and was an activist for minority rights in the region. It is believed that his death may be tied to his work in these areas.