Adam Tepsurgayev

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Adam Tepsurgayev (ca. 1976 — November 21, 2000)was a 24-year-old Chechen freelance cameraman who was shot and murdered in the village of Alkhan-Kala, in Chechnya, Russia.[1]


Tepsurgayev began his career in journalism as a driver and a fixer for foreign journalists during the First Chechen War (1994–1996) between Russian troops and Chechen separatist guerrillas. Later he contributed to Reuters on an irregular basis and provided outlets with footage he shot from the front lines of the conflict. Reuters' shots of Chechen field commander Shamil Basayev having his foot amputated were taken by Tepsurgayev. Prior to his murder, Reuters had not published his work for six months.The Kremlin's Second Chechen War aide, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, commented that Tepsurgayev had not been accredited by the Russian authorities.


Chechen-speaking masked gunmen shot him in the thigh and groin; he subsequently bled to death. Adam's brother Ali Tepsurgayev said that Adam had been killed as punishment for his work as a journalist.[2][3] He himself was wounded in the leg during the attack.


A Russian government spokesman blamed Chechen guerrillas for the murder, but local residents said the rebels had no reason to kill the cameraman.


  1. "Adam Tepsurgayev". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2000-11-21. Retrieved 2013-03-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. WAN - 53 media workers have been killed in 2000
  3. Global Journalist

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