he was murdered in his hotel room,
Aliev has been a strong critic of Vladimir Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on his popular blog and youtube accounts for years, working under the pseudonyms of Mansur Stariy or Old Mansur.
His is the latest death to spark concerns of a Russian political hit squad running amok in Europe, hunting down any anti-establishment voices in hiding.
Aliev’s 35-year-old Chechen travelling companion disappeared shortly after the shocking murder. His body was discovered by the hotel manager on January 30 after they failed to check out.
The pair had travelled from Mr Aliev’s home in Belgium where he was under police protection, to Lille, France, via train on January 29 where they booked into the Coq Hardi Hotel.
The day before his death, he told his wife and four children that he was leaving for a day in France “on business” after an unknown man showed up from Chechnya on the eve of the incident.
this is the 13th journalist to be killed for speaking out against Putin and Chechnya dictator.