Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Leading Russian Reporter Oleg Kashin Attacked In Moscow

Posted by Info on 06/11/2010

Kashin was attacked outside his Moscow apartment building in the early hours of Saturday. He had a fractured jaw, broken shins and injuries to his fingers and skull.
Russian media said Oleg Kashin was in hospital in an induced coma and police were treating the attack as a case of attempted murder.Mr

Mr Kashin had been reporting on demonstrations against the building of a highway through Khimki forest outside Moscow which has now been put on hold by the government. The attack was retribution for those articles he wrote.
Kommersant editor Mikhail Mikhailin told Moscow radio: “It’s clear that the people who did this did not like what he says and writes.”

Attacks on Journalists are not uncommon in Russia. Human rights groups say there have been 19 unsolved murders of journalists since 2000 and that investigations into attacks lead nowhere.


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