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Hundreds of protesters gathered in Moscow’s Pushkin Square to denounce a spate of attacks on journalists.

They brandished banners saying “Stop the Terror” and “We are not afraid”. And many included a photo of the latest victim, Oleg Kashin, who has just come out of a five-day induced coma after an assault so savage it is being treated as attempted murder.

Rally organiser Anatoly Globa-Mikhailenko said: “It’s very good that the investigation is now under the special control [of Russian President Dimitry Medvedev] and that the president is not indifferent to what is going on in our country. But how can it help? This is the question.”

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists estimates there have been 19 unsolved murders of reporters since 2000, and ranks Russia as the eighth most dangerous country to work in.