Russian Journalist and Putin Critic Dies After Attack

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A Russian journalist has died on Wednesday, weeks after being attacked.

Three weeks ago, Nikolay Andruschenko was attacked by unknown assailants on his way to a meeting. He suffered major blunt trauma to his head, and was put into a medically-induced coma after being. Since the attack, Andruschenko had never regained consciousness, and he died in a local St. Petersburg hospital at the age of 73.

Andruschenko was a journalist and co-founder at the Russian newspaper Novy Peterburg. He had been investigating ties to organized crime within the government, and was a known critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Novy Peterburg recently published a series of articles reporting on mob ties with various city officials.

This is the latest example that demonstrate the very real danger journalists in Russia face in tackling corruption.

[via The Moscow Times]

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