Video Shows Beating of Russian Journalist

By: E&P Staff

Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times

MOSCOW – A graphic video said to show a reporter being beaten nearly to death on a street here appeared on a Russian news website on Monday, illustrating the severity of an attack that drew attention from domestic and foreign groups defending journalists’ rights.

The reporter, Oleg Kashin, 30, had covered politically tinged themes for the Kommersant newspaper, a popular daily in Moscow. The video shows him being methodically beaten with a metal bar for about 80 seconds, and then trying to crawl away before collapsing.

The newspaper’s editor, Mikhail Mikhailin, said he believed the attack, about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, was related to Mr. Kashin’s assignments – in part because the attackers broke the reporter’s fingers, as if to punish him for his writing.

On Monday, Mr. Kashin remained in a medically induced coma at a Moscow hospital with a concussion, a broken jaw, fractures in both legs and broken fingers. The tip of his left pinky finger broke off during the beating, according to his wife, Yevgenia A. Milova.

Grainy and in black and white, the video, from a surveillance camera, provides a raw look at the attack.

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