Incident Summary:

12/21/2017: An assailant opened fire on Vyacheslav Prudnikov in Krasny Sulin, Rostov, Russia. Prudnikov, a Caucasian Knot (Kavkazsky Uzel) journalist, was injured in the assault. At the time of the attack, the assailant stated "we are fed up with your writing about authorities" before shooting the victim.




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:


Krasny Sulin

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Krasnosulinsky district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Caucasian Knot (Kavkazsky Uzel)
Specific Description Journalist: Vyacheslav Prudnikov
Nationality of Target Russia
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Russian Journalist Shot In Attack He Links To Reporting," Radio Free Europe, December 22, 2017.
"Local journalist shot in southern Russia," CPJ Press Freedom, December 21, 2017.
"OSCE Representative condemns attack on journalist in Russia, calls for speedy and effective investigation," OSCE, December 22, 2017.