Nobel Prize-Winning Russian Journalist Dmitry Muratov Doused with Red Paint in ‘Pro-War Attack’

Nobel Prize-winning Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov said an unknown attacker doused him with a mixture of red paint and acetone while aboard a train on April 7.

Muratov, the editor-in-chief of one of Russia’s leading independent newspapers Novaya Gazeta, was on a train bound from Moscow to Samara when the attack occurred.

“This is for our boys!” the male attacker said, according to Muratov.

Muratov described the attacker as “pro-war.”

Novaya Gazeta posted photos of Muratov on social media, showing his head, shirt, hands, and arms covered in red paint.

“Eyes burning badly,” Muratov told the new European edition of Novaya Gazeta.

Muratov’s sleeping compartment was also doused with red paint.

Muratov received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, for his critical and investigative coverage of Russian authorities.

Last week, Muratov announced that Novaya Gazeta was halting its operations after Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor warned them twice about their coverage of the Russian invasion on Ukraine.

Under Russian law, all media outlets in Russia should use the term “special military operation” refer to the invasion. Those who use the term “invasion” or “war” would face heavy fines or closures.

The newspaper recently launched its European edition as “an independent project” to “tell the world about what is happening in Russia in several languages.”


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