Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Arrested Mayor in Suicide Attempt

The mayor of Makhachkala, Said Amirov, formally charged in the murder of a local investigator, was briefly hospitalized after he inflicted wounds on himself while in pre-trial custody.

“Now he is receiving treatment in hospital. Doctors say that his condition is satisfactory,” a Federal Penitentiary Service spokesperson told Interfax Friday.

An unnamed source in the prison service earlier told Izvestia that a prison guard discovered Said Amirov, who was "covered with blood," late on Tuesday 11 June.

"The detainee had quite deep cuts on his right arm, left wrist and both shins," Izvestia quoted the source as saying. "Doctors said that though the wounds were indeed life-threatening, it was hard to establish whether Amirov indeed planned to take his own life or did it in protest, as inmates sometimes do."

The man was taken to Moscow's Hospital No. 20, but was later transferred back to a pretrial detention facility, the source told Izvestia.

The investigation believes Said Amirov was the mastermind behind the December 2011 killing of investigator Arsen Gadzhibekov in the Dagestan city of Kaspiysk, the Investigative Committee. Amirov was detained on June 1 and taken to Moscow, where a judge ordered him placed into pre-trial custody for two months.

Material from The Moscow Times is included in this report.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more