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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Journalist's Killer Charged

A firearms violation charge was filed Friday against a Russian soldier who shot to death a journalist covering a hostage crisis in southern Russia last week.


Deputy Military Prosecutor Stanislav Goveto told Interfax the charges were filed after a four-day investigation.


Natalya Alyakina, 40, was shot June 17 as her car approached the city of Budyonnovsk, where Chechen rebels were holding some 2,000 people hostage in a hospital.


Her husband, Gizbert Mrozek, who was in the car, said soldiers opened fire after searching the car and letting it through a roadblock. Two bullets from a machine gun mounted on an armored vehicle at the checkpoint killed her.


The soldier who shot her was charged with "violation of regulations on handling arms." If convicted, he faces from 12 months to 10 years in prison.