Russian journalist Tatyana Felgenhauer was stabbed in the throat today while at Echo of Moscow, Russia’s most prominent talk-radio station according to the New York Times. She is currently in critical condition in Russia.
Echo of Moscow is among the dwindling number of news media outlets in Russia that report on a range of political views, including those critical of the government. That has put the station in a crucible of political pressure. Its journalists often receive death threats, and the broadcaster’s editor, Aleksei Venediktov, once opened his apartment door to find a grim warning — a block of wood with an ax lodged in it. This month, Russian state television singled out Ms. Felgenhauer in a report critical of what it called Echo of Moscow’s role “attempting to form pro-Western positions” in Russian society. “The selection of experts and the layout of informational and political material speaks for itself,” the state TV report said.
Statements on Russian State T.V. are usually followed by actions by the State or its proxies.
A Russian [State-TV] broadcast on Oct. 11, called “Echo of the State Department,” said the station collaborated with foreign-funded nongovernmental organizations and was “carrying out anti-government policies, in essence.”