Putin Critic Found With Slit Throat In French Hotel

The Insider reports:

French police believe that the killing of a blogger from the disputed Russian region of Chechnya in a French hotel room last week was “politically motivated,” a French police official briefed on the case said.

The official said the police were now hunting for the blogger’s traveling companion, who disappeared shortly after the killing. French investigators wish to speak with the Chechen man who accompanied the blogger, Imran Aliev, 44, from his home in Belgium to northern France via train on January 29, the official said.

Aliev, who vocally opposed the Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead the next morning by hotel staff. His throat had been slit.