Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Prominent Russian Journalist Stabbed In Moscow

Prominent Russian Journalist Stabbed In Moscow

A journalist at one of Russia's top radio stations, Echo of Moscow, has allegedly been stabbed in the neck by an intruder who forced his way into the station's studios.

"The assailant broke into Ekho Moskvy, which has often been described as Russia's only independent news radio station, and stabbed deputy editor-in-chief Tatyana Felgenhauer", reports Nataliya Vailyeva for the AP.

Russia's investigative committee said in a statement that during interrogation, Grits claimed he had been communicating telepathically with Felgenhauer for the past five years.

The station said the attack was clearly premeditated.

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Ekho Moskvy's searing criticism has angered many in the Russian government, and its hosts and journalists have reported death threats previously.

Investigators say that the suspect is a dual citizen of Russian Federation and Israel, who traveled to Israel in 2003 and returned to Russian Federation a month ago.

The suspected assailant, identified as 48-year-old Boris Grits by investigators, was immediately arrested and handed over to police.

But Alexei Venediktov, the editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy, tweeted that Felgenhauer has been taken to hospital and her life is not in danger. Media reports say she is in a stable but serious condition.

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The state television channel Rossiya 24 put out a report two weeks ago that described the station as an "arm of the U.S. State Department", saying it gets paid for "destabilizing society" ahead of Russia's presidential election in March.

"In September, one of the station's commentators fled Russian Federation after attacks on her vehicle and home", Lucian reports.

Columnist Oleg Kashin, who survived in a brutal attack in 2010 that was never properly investigated, told the Dozhd television station that Felgenhauer's "blood is on the hands of people from Rossiya 24, too".

The station's editor in chief, however, said there were still questions about the attacker's motivations, and he cited recent threats and attacks on journalists in Russian Federation.

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