Amina Okuyeva and her husband Adam Osmayev, both fierce critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, were sprayed with bullets while driving in Kiev, Ukraine. Okuyeva passed away from her wounds almost immediately. In June earlier this year, the couple survived another assassination attempt. Osmayev is recovering from his injuries in a Kiev hospital.
The earlier assassination attempt.
In June, a man posing as a reporter for the French newspaper Le Monde had approached Ms. Okuyeva and Mr. Osmayev, saying he wanted to write a profile of them, Ms. Okuyeva had said. He tried to shoot them, but he was foiled when Ms. Okuyeva, who was armed with a pistol, shot and wounded him, saving herself and her husband, the police said.
The recent assassination attempt.
In an interview from a hospital bed posted on YouTube, Mr. Osmayev described the attack and said his wife had been killed quickly. “I was driving,” he said. “When the shooting started, everything was flying about around me. It was an attack on both of us. Amina was hit in the head. I tried to keep driving, as much as I could, but the engine was hit.”
Ukrainians blame Russian secret services for the shooting.