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Nikolai Andrushchenko
Novy Peterburg
Russia

Veteran reporter Nikolai Andrushchenko died six weeks after he was left in a coma from a brutal beating in the streets of St. Petersburg. He was attacked as he headed home after a business meeting. Andrushchenko was known for his tough reporting on political corruption, human rights abuses and for his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Andrushchenko had been beaten twice before. Alevtina Ageyeva, who co-founded Novy Peterburg newspaper with Andrushchenko in 1990, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that she had “no doubt that he was killed for his journalism.” Andrushchenko was 73.
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