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Investigation Ordered into Journalist’s Death in Budyonnovsk

June 20, 1995

MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia’s chief military prosecutor ordered an investigation Monday into the slaying of a Russian journalist who was covering the hostage crisis in the southern town of Budyonnovsk.

Yuri Yakovlev said Natalya Alyakina was shot Saturday by a Russian soldier, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. The soldier was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He told the news agency that the shooting didn’t appear to be premeditated but that an investigation was continuing.

Alyakina, 40, was working for the German news agency RUF and Focus magazine. She was shot as her car approached Budyonnovsk Saturday evening.

Her husband, Gizbert Mrozek, who also was in the car, said soldiers fired at the rear of the vehicle after letting it through a roadblock on the city outskirts.

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