Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russia journalist, Dmitry Muratov attacked while riding train in Russia (photos)


Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russia journalist, Dmitry Muratov attacked while riding train in Russia (photos)

Dmitry Muratov, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian journalist, was attacked while on board a train heading from Moscow to Samara, he has revealed.

Muratov who is the editor-in-chief of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, an independent media outlet critical of the nation’s government and the war on Ukraine says while in a train, an unidentified man shouted at him and threw red paint at him.

Posting on his official Telegram page, Novaya Gazeta Europe, the journalist said the attacker allegedly shouted, “Muratov, here’s one for our boys,” likely in reference to the Russian military.

“They poured oil paint with acetone in the compartment. My eyes are burning terribly,” Muratov said after the attack, according to Novaya Gazeta Europe.

Pictures of the aftermath show blood-red paint covering his body and clothes, as well as the train compartment and his belongings.

Last year, Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Novaya Gazeta, which he co-founded in 1991. The newspaper became an advocate for democracy and freedom of expression in Russia. But six of the newspaper’s journalists have been killed over the years because of their work criticizing the Russian government and its military.

The paper has been forced to stop publication after facing pressure from the government. Some of the paper’s journalists fled Russia and founded Novaya Gazeta Europe, which is a media agency that’s independent from its original founding agency in Russia

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