Russian Nobel Peace Prize winner sprayed on train in Russia

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, Nobel Peace Prize 2021 and editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, announced that he was attacked on Thursday by an unknown person who sprayed him with a red product on the train.

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“An unknown person attacked Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief and Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov in a train carriage,” the newspaper announced on its Telegram channel.

“They poured oil paint with acetone into the compartment. My eyes burn terribly. On the train from Moscow to Samara. The departure has already been delayed by 30 minutes. I will try to wash myself”, declared Mr. Mouratov quoted in this publication.

“He shouted ‘Muratov, it’s for our guys’,” added Mr. Muratov.

The message is accompanied by two photos visibly taken by the person concerned: one shows him reflected in the mirror of what appears to be the toilets of the train, the head, the torso and the arms sprayed with a red substance.

The second photo shows a sleeper train compartment splashed with a large amount of blood-red colored liquid.

“Muratov got first medical treatment and took his train to see his mother… We are looking for the criminal who did it”, declared on Twitter Kirill Martinov, the former deputy of Mr. Muratov.

The Novaya Gazeta newspaper announced at the end of March that it was suspending its online and paper publications in Russia until the end of the intervention in Ukraine, in the midst of the Kremlin’s hardening against dissonant voices.

This Thursday, the publication’s journalists exiled abroad announced the launch of a new publication “Novaya Gazeta. Europe” in several languages, led by Mr. Martinov, while specifying that it was not a subsidiary of the original newspaper but an independent initiative.

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