At­tacked jour­nal­ist had been tar­geted for rights reporting

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A Rus­sian news­pa­per ed­i­tor says the prom­i­nent jour­nal­ist who died on Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing at­tacked had been pre­vi­ously tar­geted for his work.

Niko­lai An­drushchenko, a 73-yearold jour­nal­ist at the Novy Peter­burg news­pa­per, died Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing in a med­i­cally in­duced coma for six weeks af­ter be­ing beaten up on March 9.

An­drushchenko’s at­tack­ers have not been iden­ti­fied and in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not re­leased any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing his case.

Novy Peter­burg’s ed­i­tor-in-chief, De­nis Usov, said Thurs­day that An­drushchenko had told his col­leagues that un­known peo­ple had beaten him up be­fore, de­mand­ing that he re­veal his sources and de­tails of his research.

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