Incident Summary:

03/10/2001: The head executive of a Russian newspaper, Vitali Haitov, was shot and killed outside of his home in Tallinn, Parita-Merivalja district, Estonia around 3:30pm. The shooter was not identified and no group claimed responsibility.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
In the car outside of his suburban home in the Parita-Merivalja district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Vitali Haitov
Specific Description Vitali Haitov, owner of the Estoniya daily newspaper and publisher of the Vesti Nedelya Plus weekly newspaper
Nationality of Target Estonia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The murder was called in to the police at 3:37pm. The shooter also killed Haitov's Rottweiler, which had been outside at the time. Sources note that Haitov's grandson, who was eight, witnessed the shooting.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Michael Tarm, "Publisher of Russian-language newspaper shot dead," Associated Press, March 10, 2001.
"Publisher of Estonia's Russian-language daily shot dead," Baltic News Service (BNS), March 10, 2001.
Olga Yakovleva, "Publisher of Estoniya Russian-Language Newspaper killed in Tallinn," Nezavisimaya Gazeta, March 12, 2001.