Russian federal authorities should swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of Nikolai Andrushchenko, co-founder of the weekly newspaper Novy Peterburg, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalist, known for his reporting on corruption and police brutality, died in a St. Petersburg hospital yesterday of injuries sustained in a beating last month. His killing marks the first CPJ has recorded of a journalist in Russia since 2013. Andrushchenko, 73, was on his way to a business meeting on March 9, 2017 when unknown assailants severely beat him, according to press reports.
Andrushchenko’s colleague, Alevtina Ageyeva, told CPJ that she was not aware of any witnesses to the attack. He was found unconscious several hours later and taken to a hospital where doctors performed brain surgery and left him in a medically induced coma, Ageyeva said. He died April 19 without regaining consciousness, she said, adding that recently “his state was improving; he had started breathing on his own.” “We call on Russian security officials to carry out a thorough and independent investigation into the brutal murder of Nikolai Andrushchenko and to bring all those responsible for his murder to justice,”