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Editor-in-chief of Nobel Prize-winning Russian newspaper attacked with paint in Moscow

Dmitry Muratov, editor of Russia’s leading independent newspaper, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was sprayed with red paint in an attack on Thursday inside a Moscow train car, according to the Novaya Gazeta website .

Muratov said his eyes burned after an unknown man threw oil paint with acetone on him inside a train car at Kazansky station.

“Muratov, here’s to our boys,” the attacker shouted, according to Muratov.

Images published by the newspaper show Muratov’s head, shirt and arms covered in red paint. A second photo shows red splatters resembling bloodstains on what appears to be a table, window and pillows inside the train car.

Novaya Gazeta said the Telegram channel of a group called Union Z Paratroopers took responsibility for the attack in a post that has since been deleted. According to an English translation of the message, the group has pledged to prosecute those who support what they falsely claim are lies about atrocities committed in Bucha, Ukraine.

Russian state-backed media have sought to discredit some Bucha photos and videos showing dead civilians. Russia claims the Ukrainians staged the massacre in the outskirts of kyiv.

Meanwhile, Russia is stepping up its assault on eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said on Friday that Russia was responsible for a rocket attack on a train station used to evacuate civilians in Kramatorsk, in the eastern Donetsk region. More than 30 people were killed, authorities said, and more than 100 were injured.

Last week, Novaya Gazeta announced it was forced to stop publishing until the end of the war in Ukraine after receiving a second warning from Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media regulator.

Novaya Gazeta journalists on Thursday launched a new venture called Novaya Gazeta Europe, not officially associated with the Russian publication, according to Reuters.

Muratov, along with journalist Maria Ressa, won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia”.

Muratov said in March that he intended to auction off his Nobel medal in support of Ukrainian refugees. He told the BBC in December that he was dedicating his award to journalists murdered on the job.

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