Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Russian journalist stabbed in neck after attacker storms radio studio

Russian journalist stabbed in neck after attacker storms radio studio

He is said to have gone to hug Felgengauer before pulling the Chinese-made knife on her.

"Tanya's in hospital, her condition is serious but not critical, the attacker has been apprehended", he wrote.

According to Venediktov, the man sprayed a gas in the eyes of security guards in the lobby before taking the elevator up to the radio station's 14th-floor offices.

Tatyana Felgenhauer, the deputy editor of Ekho Moskvy radio station, was attacked on Monday lunchtime at the radio station's studios in central Moscow.

Russian journalist Tatyana Feldenhauer has been seriously injured after an unidentified attacker stabbed her in the throat, reported The Independent.

One man is potentially on the loose, but the detained man is reported to have told police: 'I have never met her in reality but I have seen and felt her.

The Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said it has opened a criminal case against a 48-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Another station employee Vitaly Ruvinsky posted on Twitter a photo of the disheveled man dressed in a black jacket and pants. "It's spreading like a plague", Alexei Venediktov, the radio station's editor-in-chief, said in remarks by telephone referring to attacks on Echo of Moscow journalists.

Russian Federation has a disturbing record of attacks on journalists, with 58 killed since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Once there, he apparently caught sight of Felgengauer and attacked her with the sharp object before security guards intervened and handcuffed the man.

The Echo of Moscow radio has been the mouthpiece of the country's liberal opposition since the Soviet era, with its editorial policy frequently putting it on political thin ice.

The critical coverage of radio station has upset many in Russian government.

Felgengauer had been on the air earlier Monday but was not broadcasting at the time of the attack.

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

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