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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Watchdog: 3 Reporters Killed

Three journalists were killed in Russia last year while the Kremlin continued to try to curb critical media, a New-York-based media watchdog said.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report released Monday that of the 20 journalists killed last year around the world, two were Russian nationals and one was a British reporter killed in Ingushetia.

Natalya Skryl, a 29-year-old business reporter for the Nashe Vremya newspaper, died last March after being attacked outside her home in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia. Just before her death, Skryl was investigating an ongoing struggle for the control of Tagmet, a local metallurgical plant, the report said.

In April, Valery Ivanov, the 32-year-old editor of the Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye newspaper, was shot dead outside his home in the Volga River city of Tolyatti. Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye is well known for its reports on local organized crime, drug trafficking and official corruption.

Roddy Scott, 31, a British freelance cameraman working for Britain's Frontline television, was killed in Ingushetia in September. His body was found near the border with Chechnya after a clash between federal forces and Chechen rebels, with whom he had been traveling.

Meanwhile, the overall picture of press freedom for Russia was gloomy last year, the report said. Media outlets were targeted with politically motivated lawsuits and hostile corporate takeovers, it said. The report cited the Moscow theater crisis and the shutdown of TV6 as examples.