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Top Russian reporter in coma after assault

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Top Russian reporter in coma after assault


A leading Russian journalist has been brutally attacked outside his home.

Oleg Kashin’s legs, jaw and fingers were broken and he has been put in an artifical coma.

Mikhail Mikhailin, his editor at the respected daily Kommersant, said the motive was unclear but likely to be linked to Kashin’s coverage of opposition parties.

Another journalist, Ilya Azar, told how Kashin was able to call for an ambulance himself. But when doctors came, they said he could not remember what had happened.

Police say they have opened a criminal case for attempted murder.

Rights groups have criticised Russian authorities for failing to solve a string of journalists’ murders like that of Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya. The fourth anniversary of her assassination was marked last month, and Russia remains one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters.

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