According to the Novaya Gazeta website, Dmitry Muratov, the Nobel Prize-winning editor of Russia’s major independent newspaper, was showered with red paint during an attack on a train car in Moscow on Thursday.
Muratov said his eyes burned after an unknown person threw oil paint with acetone on him in a train car at Kazansky train station.
“Muratov, here for you for our boys,” the attacker shouted, according to Muratov.
Photos released 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 cushions in the train car.
Novaya Gazeta said the Telegram channel of a group called “Union Z paratroopers” took responsibility for the attack in a message that has since been deleted. According to an English translation of the post, the group vowed to go after those who claimed they were lies about atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine.
State-sponsored media in Russia have tried to discredit some of Bucha’s photos and videos showing dead civilians. Russia claims Ukrainians staged the massacre in the Kiev suburb.
Meanwhile, Russia is ramping up its attack on eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said on Friday that Russia is responsible for a rocket attack on a train station used to evacuate civilians in Kramatorsk, in the eastern region of Donetsk. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured, authorities said.
Last week Novaya Gazeta announced it had been forced to stop publishing until the war in Ukraine ends after receiving a second warning from Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor.
Journalists from Novaya Gazeta on Thursday launched a new venture called Novaya Gazeta Europe, which is 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 plans to auction his Nobel Prize to support Ukrainian refugees. He told the BBC in December that he dedicated his award to journalists killed on the job.