The rabbi of a Chabad center in the southern Russian state of Dagestan was shot in the chest Thursday as he was leaving his car.
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He was hospitalized in critical condition and is fighting for his life, the Lubavitch movement's Col website reported.
An unknown assailant opened fire on Rabbi Ovadia Eisekoff, an emissary in the city of Derbent, and then fled from the scene.
Police suspect that Eisekoff was targeted because he is Jewish. A manhunt is underway to apprehend the shooter.
Russian authorities have contacted Eisekoff's wife and four children and briefed them on the details of the investigation.