Elmar Huseynov

Seven bullets were fired at Elmar Huseynov, a fierce government critic and editor-in-chief of opposition magazine Monitor.


Two of the shots hit his heart.

"This could have been a contract murder, but we are examining all possible avenues," city police chief Maharram Aliyev said in televised comments from the scene of the crime.

Monitor is a popular magazine but has been closed several times and fined by a court for publishing stories about top politicians and businessmen.