Russia’s most prominent anti-Putin newspaper plans to arm his staff … – Business Insider

Dmitry Muratov arming anti-putin journalists
Dmitry Muratov during a
Russian radio appearance.

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  • 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

“I will arm the newsroom,” Muratov said on Russian
radio, according to AFP.
“We will also supply journalists with other security means that I
don’t want to talk about … I have no other choice.”

“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
Moscow Times.

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with journalists following a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia, June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/File Photo
President Putin at a meeting with journalists.

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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
Moscow Times.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that citizens can
take security measures they think are necessary.


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