Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rector of Theology Institute in Russia Is Killed; Shot Near His Home in Muslim Caucasus Region

The RIA Novosti (Russian) website reports that the rector of a theology institute -- located in Russia's mainly-Muslim Dagestan republic -- was shot to death yesterday (June 7, 2011) by unknown assailants near his home.

Rector Maksad Ibnugadzharovich Sadikov was one of the founders of the first academic institutions in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region to offer both secular and religious teachings.

Sadikov -- and his nephew who was with him -- were shot by the entrance of his home, after they got out of a car.

Sadikov had been rector of the Institute of Theology and International Relations in Makhachkala -- the capital of Dagestan -- since 2003, and tried to promote education as the greatest weapon in the fight against religious extremism.

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