(NYPOST) – An outspoken blogger who routinely attacked Russia and Chechnya has been found dead in a French hotel with his throat slit and 100 stab wounds — and police suspect a “political motivation,” according to reports.
Chechen blogger Imran Aliev, 44, was found late last month in a hotel bloodbath in Lille that reflected “extreme savagery,” sources told Agence France-Presse. His throat had also been slit, Business Insider said.
Aliev had political refugee status and was living in Belgium under police protection “because of threats out of Russia and Chechnya over his opposition blogging,” a senior French police official told the outlet.
Using the online handle “Mansur Stariy,” he became known mostly for his strident diatribes critiquing Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, the report says.
“We had him under police protection for a reason,” a Belgian law enforcement official told Business Insider, saying there had been “specific and credible threats on his life from certain political sectors in Chechnya and Russia.”
It was not clear if Aliev had notified his Belgian guards of his plan to cross the border into France.