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Russian journalist dies after attack in St. Petersburg

Nikolai Andrushchenko died of his injuries six weeks after the attack which has been linked to his coverage of corruption in the city Nikolai Andrushchenko died of his injuries six weeks after the attack which has been linked to his coverage of corruption in the city
Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 02:56

73-year old Andrushchenko, has died of his injuries six weeks after being attacked in St. Petersburg, is reported Wednesday April 19, 2017, by Russian media outlets, citing his lawyer and the editor-in-chief of his newspaper, Novy Peterburg.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) noted that Andrushchenko had been arrested and imprisoned in 2007 on charges of defamation and obstruction of justice after he reported on a murder investigation and trial in St. Petersburg.

"[They] demanded some documents", Usov said.

Andrushchenko, a former St. Petersburg city council member, was reportedly placed in a medical coma after suffering major blunt trauma to his head, but never recovered.

The journalist had been attacked at least once before, at the time of the 2007 "Dissenters Marches" against the growing authoritarianism of President Vladimir Putin's government.

The police are unlikely to put much effort into the investigation, since Andruschenko wrote a lot about the arbitrariness of the police, and he was not liked for his intransigence.

Andrushchenko's attackers have not been identified.

At the time Mr Andrushchenko's colleagues said they thought his detention was due to Novy Peterburg's critical coverage of local authorities ahead of parliamentary elections.

Novy Peterburg editor Denis Usov linked the assault to a recent series of articles in the newspaper about anti-corruption protests and the city officials' mafia connections. A week later a publishing house refused to print the paper, and another refused to print an edition containing an article by opposition leader Garry Kasparov. Money was at the center of his politics right from the start.