RUSSIAN JOURNALIST, CRITIC OF VLADIMIR PUTIN, DIES AFTER BEING SEVERELY BEATEN BY UNKNOWN ASSAILANTS

A prominent Russian journalist known for articles criticizing Russian government and President Vladimir Putin has died in St. Petersburg after being severely beaten by unknown assailants.

Nikolai Andrushchenko, a 73-year-old co-founder of the newspaper Novy Petersburg, was attacked on March 9 and had been unconscious since then.

Andrushchenko’s colleagues and his lawyer say he underwent brain surgery after the attack and initially had been connected to a ventilator, but later was able to breathe on his own.

However, they said he never regained consciousness and died on April 19.

His attackers have not been found.

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