Prominent journalist at Russian news radio station stabbed in Moscow.
Deputy editor-in-chief Tatiana Felgenhauer life is not in danger after knife attack at Ekho Moskvy radio station in Moscow.
Russia's investigative committee has opened an attempted murder case, identifying the attacker only as a 48-year-old man. The interior ministry said he was a foreign citizen and that his motive was “personal hatred”. State news agency RIA Novosti reported he was a citizen of Israel.
News agency Interfax quoted a law enforcement source as saying that the crime was not connected with Ms Felgenhauer's journalistic activities and that it was likely a case of “hooliganism”. Echo of Moscow staff rejected this explanation, however. “A personal conflict between Tanya and the attacker is complete nonsense. Tanya doesn't know him. A thuggish attack on an editorial employee,” tweeted correspondent Tonia Samsonova.
Earlier this month, state television channel Rossiya 24 ran a smear piece on Echo of Moscow that claimed Ms Felgenhauer and other employees had discussed the “strengthening of critical media with foreign money” during a meeting with the France-based organisation Reporters Without Borders and the Germany-based Robert Bosch Foundation.
Before that, state television Channel One ran a piece claiming that Echo of Moscow was financed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors in the United States. Gazprom-Media, the arm of the state gas giant Gazprom that owns Echo of Moscow, denied that the radio station had any financial or other ties to the US agency.
Echo of Moscow's reporting has irked many officials, and employees have reported death threats.
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