Having worked for RFE/RL since 1996 and the BBC before that, Khatloni covered politically sensitive issues in the former Soviet Union, including work on human rights abuses in Chechnya. He served as the Moscow correspondent for RFE/RL’s Tajik Service. He was also a distinguished poet, producing four volumes of work. Khatloni, 46, was attacked in his apartment by unidentified assailants who hit him in the head with an axe and died later at a Moscow hospital. He left behind a wife and daughter.