NYT and WP write that the American intelligence services made such conclusions on the basis of various sources. Novaya Gazeta demands a criminal investigation into the attack that took place on April 7
Dmitry Muratov after the attack
The attack on the train on the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov was organized by Russian intelligence , The Washington Post and The New York Times reported, citing unnamed U.S. officials.
“The United States can confirm that Russian intelligence orchestrated the attack on April 7 on the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, during which he was doused with red paint containing acetone,” a US official told WP. He did not elaborate on the basis on which the United States came to this conclusion.
Washington's conclusions that the attacker worked for the Russian intelligence services are based on “various sources” but are not related to investigation of the publication itself, notes the NYT.
Press Secretary of Novaya Gazeta Nadezhda Prusenkova, in a conversation with RBC, did not comment on the version of the involvement of the special services and stated the need to open a case. “We have established the attackers, what is preventing the Ministry of Internal Affairs— unclear. Then they would know whether [intelligence] was involved or not, — Prusenkova said.
“The case has not been opened, the attackers have not been detained. Although the editors of Novaya Gazeta established their identity in a day. That's all for now,— Dmitry Muratov told RBC.
The attack on Muratov took place on April 7 on a train preparing to leave Moscow for Samara. Muratov published photographs showing that his head and T-shirt were doused with red paint, and it was also spilled on the table and pillow in the compartment. According to the editor-in-chief, the attacker shouted: “Here's to you for our boys!” The journalist received chemical burns to his eyes.
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The police later said that while passengers were boarding the train at the Kazansky railway station, two men in medical masks entered the car under the guise of seeing them off. One of them attacked Muratov, after which both ran out onto the platform and disappeared. The next day, the Metropolitan Police announced the arrest of a 36-year-old man. Telegram-channel Baza wrote that the detainee— former officer of the Rocket Forces Ilya Markovets, second man— combatant in Chechnya Nikolai Trifonov.
The authorities have not yet announced the initiation of a criminal case due to the attack on the journalist. On April 14, the head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Alexander Khinshtein, said that the opening of a case is a matter of the near future, the Ministry of Internal Affairs sees signs of hooliganism in the actions of the attackers, but an investigation is underway.
Novaya Gazeta, which has suspended work in at the end of March, after the second warning from Roskomnadzor, she reported that when one of the passengers attacked Muratov, the second filmed the action on the phone through the window.
The publication reported that the video from the scene of the attack appeared on the Soyuz Z Paratroopers channel. (later changed the name to “Union of Paratroopers”), later the video was deleted. Chairman of the Central Board of the Union of Russian Paratroopers Valery Yuryev in a conversation with “MK” called the attackers “some kind of mummers”; and emphasized that the organization does not use “hooligan methods of dealing with opponents.” State Duma deputy, former commander of the Airborne Troops Vladimir Shamanov called the attack on Muratov an “assassination attempt” and stated that the paratroopers do not act stealthily and are not capable of “dirty tricks of this kind.”
Muratov is one of the co-founders of Novaya Gazeta, he has been its editor-in-chief since 1995 (with a break from 2017 to 2019). He received the Nobel Peace Prize last year for “efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace.”
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