Nobel Prize-winning journalist Dmitry Muratov, resisting at all costs against the Kremlin

Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov announced that he was attacked on Thursday by an unknown person who sprayed him with a red product on a train. Nobel Peace Prize 2021, the editor-in-chief of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper recently announced that he was auctioning his medal for the benefit of Ukrainian refugees. Despite the threats, he has been fighting since the 1990s to defend press freedom in his country.

The face and shirt are stained with red paint. Russian journalist Dmitry MuratovAnd Editor-in-chief of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaperAnd He filmed himself in the restrooms of the train he was on on Thursday, April 7.

In support of it, the newspaper announced on its Telegram channel that “an unknown person attacked the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dmitry Muratov in a train car.”

Dmitry Muratov, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, explained: “They poured oil paint with acetone into the cabin. My eyes burn badly. On the train from Moscow to Samara. The departure is already thirty minutes late. I will try to take a shower.” 2021, quoted in this post. “he is [l’agresseur, NDLR ] “This is synonymous with our men,” he shouted.

The second image accompanying this post shows a sleeping train compartment scattered with a large amount of blood-red liquid. “Muratov received his first medical treatment and got on his train to see his mother (…). We are looking for the criminal who did this,” Kirill Martynov, former assistant to Dmitry Muratov, said on Twitter. Police said they have opened an investigation and are looking for two men to carry out the attack, according to TASS.

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, denounced on Twitter the “unacceptable” and “new attack on the safety of journalists and media freedom in Russia”. “The European Union will continue to support the independent Russian press,” he said. As an echo, the journalists of the exiled magazine abroad announced, Thursday, the launch of a new publication Novaya Gazeta Europe in several languages, directed by Kirill Martynov, specifying that it was not a matter of a subsidiary of the original newspaper, but a very important one. To a large extent an independent initiative.

“Military Control Terms”

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the Kremlin has already been increasingly muzzled by the Russian media. A pillar of investigative journalism, Novaya Gazeta announced at the end of March that it would suspend its electronic and print publications in Russia, after receiving a second warning from Russia’s communications policeman, Roskomnadzor, for violating a controversial law on “foreign agents”.

“There is no other solution. For us, I know, for you, this is a terrible and painful decision. But we must protect each other,” wrote Dmitry Muratov in a letter to the readers of the newspaper. According to him, his editors continued their work for 34 days “under conditions of military censorship.” Since the beginning of the invasion, the websites of many Russian and foreign media have been blocked in Russia. In March, authorities passed several laws cracking down on what they consider to be “false information” about the conflict.

Novaya Gazeta was the last stronghold of the free press still operating. Dmitry Muratov did not hesitate to announce on March 22 that he would like to auction his Nobel Prize medal for the benefit of Ukrainian refugees. The editor-in-chief had indicated in a press release that he wanted to help “civilian refugees, injured children and patients who need urgent treatment.”

Inform the dangers

60-year-old Dmitry Muratov is a huge figure in the Russian press. Born in 1961 in Samara in southeastern Russia, he got his first job at a newspaper in the 1980s after serving in the army. He discovered his profession as a journalist by working as a freelancer for a few local publications while studying philology at Moscow State University.

Having cut his teeth in the famous newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, in 1993 he co-founded Novaya Gazeta, with the financial support of the last Soviet leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachev. Under the leadership of Dmitriy Muratov, Novaya Gazeta, which he has managed almost continuously since 1995, has proven itself as a scooping machine.

Corruption and Affairs Related to Power: This newspaper examines all sensitive topics, including those that, with Vladimir Putin’s accession to the presidency in 2000, became unable to afford other media, particularly the war in Chechnya. Recently, Novaya Gazeta investigated the mysterious mercenaries of the Wagner Group, Soldiers in the Shadows of Russia, or the suppression of homosexuals in Chechnya, infuriating the leader of the Russian Caucasus Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, who is known for his brutality.

This commitment cost the lives of six of his aides, including the famous journalist Anna Politkovska, known for her criticism of the Kremlin’s bloody war in Chechnya and who was assassinated on October 7, 2006 in the lobby of her building. The sponsors of this crime have not yet been identified. Because of this murder, Dmitry Muratov thought about closing the newspaper, which seemed to him “dangerous for people’s lives.” But faced with the determination of his writing, he finally decided to carry on.

Nobel Peace Prize

This investigative work has also won the Novaya Gazeta editorial board more than sixty awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. Above all, Dmitriy Muratov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last October along with Filipino journalist Maria Ressa “for their valiant struggle for freedom of expression”.

Ironically, the Kremlin praised the “courage” and “talent” of Dmitry Muratov on this occasion. “We can congratulate Dmitry Muratov. He works constantly to pursue and preserve his ideals. He is talented and brave,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

During his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, given on December 10, the editor-in-chief for his part dedicated his award to Novaya Gazeta and her collaborators who were murdered for their work and investigations. He insisted that “this award is also for living fellows, for the community performing its professional duty.”

He declared before concluding by saying: “We grumble and bite. We have fangs and fists. But we are the condition for moving forward. We are the antidote against tyranny.”

with AFP

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