Masked men severely beat and shot dead a presidential aide in Karachay-Cherkessk republic in Muslim Caucasus on Wednesday.
Fral Shebzukhov was beaten by three men with what looked like baseball bats in the local capital Cherkessk, Russian news agencies reported, citing security sources. He was then shot dead.
"I am personally convinced that this murder is politically motivated," the region's president, Boris Ebzeyev, said in a statement.
The tiny Karachay-Cherkessk region has until now been an island of stability in southern Russia.
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