Nobel Peace Prize winner and Putin critic ‘attacked’ in Russian train car

Dmitry Muratov, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and editor-in-chief of nova gazzettaAn independent Russian newspaper was allegedly attacked in a train car while traveling from Moscow to Samara.

Was featured in the news of Muratov’s attack a series of tweetsposted to of Novaya Gazeta For. The tweet showed a picture of a train car, which could initially be taken as blood, and a photo taken by Muratov himself, covered in a red substance.

“They poured oil paint with acetone into the compartment. Eyes badly burned. Train Moscow-Samara. Oily smell around the car,” the tweet, which was translated from Russian, quoted Muratov as saying. “Departure is already 30 minutes late. I’ll try to wash up.”

Muratov said that his attacker, who remains unknown, shouted, “Muratov, here’s to our boys.”

Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s oldest independent newspaper has been one of the main publications targeted by the Kremlin’s recent expulsion of independent journalism. Since the invasion of Ukraine, new laws have criminalized reporting that goes against the Kremlin’s official account.

Agence France-Presse reported that Russian lawmakers have also enacted laws that would increase jail time for anyone who publishes “fake news” about the Russian military in reports regarding the Russo-Ukraine war.

according to Moscow TimesThe ip It has reportedly been threatened with closure several times by the Russian government.

To avoid the latest censorship laws, Novaya ip announced in late March that it would suspend its Russian operations, creating a separate, European version of the paper run by previous employees who had decided to leave Russia.

Muratov, who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, was hailed as a champion of free speech in his country. Muratov was personally threatened by Russian President Vladimir Putin after his victory.

Russia’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov was allegedly attacked this week in a train car traveling from Moscow. Pictured, Muratov gives his speech during the gala award ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2021 in Oslo
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according to this dwThe Kremlin, an international free speech broadcaster based in Germany, had previously congratulated Muratov on his award, before Putin said at a public event in Moscow, “If he can punish himself with a Nobel Prize for violating Russian laws cover like a shield, he does so intentionally. If he does not break Russian law and has no reason to declare him a ‘foreign agent’, it will not happen.”

DW reported that media outlets and non-governmental agencies that receive financial aid from outside Russia must register themselves as “foreign agents”. Muratov responded last year by saying, “The state can do whatever it wants, but we will accept the prize; we will not give up the prize.”

Last month, Muratov announced nova gazzetta The website states that he plans to auction his Nobel Peace Prize and donate the proceeds to the Ukrainian Refugee Fund.

“There are already more than 10 million refugees. I ask the auction houses to respond and auction this world famous prize,” he said.

newsweek Novaya reached out to Gazetta for additional comment, but did not hear back prior to publication.

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