Canadian killed in Dagestan gun battle
A Canadian was among seven suspected
terrorists militants killed Friday by Russian security forces in Dagestan. William Plotnikov, 23, died in a gun battle with Russian security forces near the village of Utamysh. A police officer was also killed.
Plotnikov was born in Russia but moved with his parents to Canada, where they lived in Toronto. He became a Canadian citizen in 2008. He was an avid boxer who trained at the European Boxing Club in Toronto under coach Boris Gitman.
"He was an excellent boxer. I thought for sure he would be good enough for (the) Olympics," said Gitman, who cried during an emotional interview.
Gitman said, "He wasn't comfortable here; he was looking for something and I don't think he found it here. He never talked about going back to Russia, he never talked about politics. But I saw him change while he was here; he wasn't satisfied by this Canadian life. But how his life could end like this, I have no idea."
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