Russian independent newspaper editor attacked in train


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The editor of the Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta was attacked on a train, the publication reported Thursday.

“They poured oil paint with acetone into the compartment. Eyes burn terribly. Train Moscow-Samara. Oil smell throughout the car. Departure has already been delayed by 30 minutes. I’ll try to rinse off,” said Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov, according to Novaya Gazeta.

The publication featured photos of Muratov covered in a red substance as he was splattered in red in the bathroom of a train car and his belongings too.

Two men are wanted by authorities for their alleged involvement in the incident, Russia’s state news agency TASS reported.

Authorities allege the two men entered the passenger compartment and dumped red paint on his body, adding that the two men were wearing medical masks, TASS noted.

The development comes as Novaya Gazeta announced it would suspend publication after Russian media and telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor issued two warnings to the news channel.

“We have been forced to suspend the publication of the newspaper and not update the website and our social networks until the end of hostilities on the territory of Ukraine,” Muratov said in an email to subscribers.

“For us, and I know, for you, this is a terrible and difficult decision. But we have to keep each other, for each other,” he said.

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