Russia journalist Andrushchenko dies after suspected attack

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, prominent Russian journalist Nikolai Andrushchenko poses in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A prominent Russian journalist has died of his injuries six weeks after being attacked in St. Petersburg.

Nikolai Andrushchenko, 73, who co-founded the Novy Peterburg newspaper, was attacked six weeks ago and had been in a coma since then.

Novy Peterburg founder Nikolai Andrushchenko died in a St. Petersburg hospital.

"[They] demanded some documents", Usov said.

Andrushchenko's death marks the seventh fatal attack against a journalist during Putin's second presidency, and the second in 2017. In November 2016, she said, several assailants beat him on his doorstep.

Novy Peterburg's editor-in-chief, Denis Usov, said Thursday that Andrushchenko had told his colleagues that unknown people had beaten him up before, demanding that he reveal his sources and details of his research.

Also in 2007, Andrushchenko was charged with libel, publicly calling for extremist activity, and insulting an official, Crimerussia.com says. While authorities attributed the charges to his coverage of a murder investigation and the subsequent trial in St. Petersburg, his colleagues at Novy Peterburg said it was really because of the publication's criticism of local officials prior to the Russian parliamentary elections that December.

Andrushchenko's attackers have not been identified and investigators have not released any information about his case. A week later, the biggest local publishing house, Gazetny Kompleks, said it was overloaded and refused to print the paper's issue; and another publishing house refused to print the edition carrying an article by opposition leader Garry Kasparov on its front page. Money was at the center of his politics right from the start.

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