Russia’s most prominent anti-Putin newspaper plans to arm his staff … – Business Insider
The editor of Russia’s most prominent opposition
newspaper says he plans to arm his staff.
He made the announcement two days after Russian
journalist Tatiana Felgenhauer was stabbed.
Multiple Russian opposition journalists have been
attacked and killed since at least 2006.
The editor of Russia’s most prominent opposition newspaper says
he intends to arm his staff with guns that fire rubber bullets
amid growing concern about attacks on journalists.
Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov discussed his plans two days
after Tatiana Felgenhauer of Russia’s only independent news radio
station, Ekho Moskvy, was stabbed in her studio.
Muratov told the station on Thursday that the newspaper is buying
“traumatic weapons” for its journalists, providing courses on how
to use them and taking other unspecified security measures.
“Traumatic weapons” usually refer to pistols that fire rubber
“Do you want people to fight, stab [journalists] and know
that these [journalists] are defenseless and unarmed? Neither the
authorities nor law enforcement will stand up for them,” Muratov
said, according to The
Several Novaya Gazeta journalists have been killed or died under
mysterious circumstances, including renowned Kremlin critic Anna
Politkovskaya, who was shot in 2006.
In September 2016, journalists Yelena Kostyuchenko and
Diana Khachatryan were beaten and dragged across the ground
during a memorial service, The Moscow Times reported.
Khachatryan said police on the scene did not try to stop the
Last month, Novaya Gazeta columnist Yulia Latynina fled
Russia after feces were thrown in her face and her car caught
fire, according to The
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that citizens can
take security measures they think are necessary.