Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Prominent Journalist At Radio Station Stabbed In Moscow

Prominent Journalist At Radio Station Stabbed In Moscow

The radio station - owned by state-operated Gazprom Media, but considered one of Russia's last national independent broadcasting outlets - said it was believed the attacker had a personal dislike for Felgenhauer, the station's 32-year-old deputy editor-in-chief.

The attacker, Boris Grits, 48, blinded a security guard with pepper spray before he rode an elevator to the editorial office where Felgenhauer was wrapping up her popular show, "Morning Turn". "It's not the Kremlin ...directly instigating these kinds of attacks", she said, but "they are winking at those who want to organize them". "He knew where he was going", Venediktov told reporters.

The incident follows death threats sent to journalists at the station, described as Russia's only independent outlet, in the past.

Another popular Ekho Moskvy host, Yulia Latynina, fled Russian Federation in September following a suspected arson attack on her vehicle.

A spokesman for the Russian prosecutor-general's office, Alexander Kurennoi, condemned the attack on Facebook, calling it "outrageous".

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin tweeted that he was shocked by the attack and was monitoring her treatment.

She has been rushed to hospital but there are varying reports of her condition circulating around Russian media. Police have arrested and placed in custody the man identified as carrying out the attack, and the authorities have opened an investigation.

The state television channel Rossiya 24 put out a report two weeks ago that described the station as an "arm of the U.S. State Department", saying it gets paid for "destabilizing society" ahead of Russia's presidential election in March. The station later named a man who had made threats to Felgenhauer on his blog.

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