Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Vladimir Yatsina
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2001|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Vladimir Yatsina, January 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649551c.html [accessed 17 August 2017]|
February 20, 2000, in Chechnya, Russia
Yatsina, a photographer with the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, was killed in Chechnya by Chechen militants who had taken him hostage. Two former hostages, Alisher Orazaliyev from Kazakhstan, and Kirill Perchenko from Moscow, reported the killing in statements recorded by Amnesty International after their release at the end of February.
According to their accounts, Yatsina was suffering from food poisoning and foot pain and fell behind the other hostages during a forced march from the town of Urus-Martan to the mountains of Shatoi. The Chechen guards then shot him dead. Orazaliyev and Perchenko saw his body the next day when they returned along the same road.
Yatsina was kidnapped in the Ingush capital, Nazran, on July 19, 1999. A month later, the kidnappers contacted his family and demanded a ransom of US$2 million. In November, the kidnappers contacted ITAR-TASS and demanded the same amount.
Orazaliyev and Perchenko said the kidnappers were a well-organized group of around 70 Chechens. They believed their capture was motivated by the hope of economic gain.
Kidnapping has become a major source of financing for criminals and militant groups in Chechnya. As a result, hundreds of civilians have been held captive over the last four years.
Yatsina, 51 joined ITAR-TASS in 1979.
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|