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Russian Photographer Killed in Iraq
Staff report

A roadside bomb killed a Russian photographer in Iraq as well as six U.S. troops, according to recent published reports.

Dmitry Chebotayev, 27, was killed Sunday while traveling in a vehicle with American troops on a road between Baghdad and Baqouba, the editor of the Russian edition of Newsweek magazine told the Associated Press on Monday.

Chebotayev, a freelance photojournalist who often worked for Russian Newsweek, was on assignment for the magazine at the time, Russian Newsweek editor Leonid Parfyonov said.

Chebotayev's death marks the only Russian journalist to have been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, said Oleg Panfilov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations.

"It is a big loss for us," said the editor. "Everyone here loved him, and loved working with him. He was a cheerful person who loved life."

Chebotayev often worked in dangerous places such as Iraq and Russia's war-scarred Chechnya region, Parfyonov said. He called Chebotayev "a very good photographer. He was a young guy who took risks, who often worked in hot spots."