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RIP: Dmitry Chebotayev

Russian photojournalist Dmitry Chebotayev was killed on May 7, 2007 when a roadside bomb struck the U.S. military vehicle in which he was traveling. Chebotayev was on assignment for Newsweek, reporting on American military operations in the Diyala province. Chebotayev was the first Russian journalist to be killed in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion there. Six American soldiers in the vehicle were also killed.Russian photojournalist Dmitry Chebotayev was killed on May 7, 2007 when a roadside bomb struck the U.S. military vehicle in which he was traveling. Chebotayev was on assignment for Newsweek, reporting on American military operations in the Diyala province. Chebotayev was the first Russian journalist to be killed in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion there. Six American soldiers in the vehicle were also killed. Further details of the killing can be found here.
Chebotayev's work can be viewed here and here.

Chebotayev's friend,  Sergey Ponomarev, is organizing a website and book project to showcase Chebotayev's work. Those interested in donating time or money, or anyone who could help with fundraising from foundations, should contact him at ponomarevs@gmail.com.

WarShooter contributor Bill Putnam has also passed along this tribute written by Bob and Marine Black:
Птица известна ее полетом.....
we begin and end in dream but through the course of our waking we are not dream but flesh and bone and blood, weighted down by life’s gravity and time’s urgency, born into and back by the way in which we carry our lives and our actions. Though we cannot, not ever, know this life and this world, it, sometimes majestically and sometimes horribly, knows us all too well. How to measure this unfathomable inequality?: to, without certainty and assuredness, without footing and buckles, to extract from the life what it has given up and to share that experience with others. To sing the dark with rhyming and light. Dima’s life and work are a testament to this. His brave and unyielding work in Urkraine and in Chetnya are ballasts by which we can measure our own understanding of place and people’s whose lives have been rendered harshly. My wife, just last week, spoke of the honesty and “beauty” (in the humanistic sense) of his work and that it was clear that his compass pointed toward the undestanding, the noble witnessing of that life and for those who had lived through those difficult times and places. Dima’s work and his character as a person are rhymes by which, all of us can take inside ourselves, swallow them inside our cold and wearied bodies and allow them to sing inside the place of darkness into which we all so often feel trapped.
That he shall remain among his friends and family, not in the relm of dreams but in the life surrounding. Like all sources of light, Dima and his work shall not pass beneath this temporary cloak of darkness and will be folded back and will emerge corona-spark and unyielding.
The deepest and most personal condolences for Dima’s family, friends and loved ones from our family…..
мы – с Вами.......

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