Fearless, honest Russian journalist passes away

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April 8, 2013 by AK

The Washington Post reports:

Mikhail Beketov, a Russian journalist who suffered brain damage and lost a leg after a brutal assault that followed his campaigns against a highway project outside Moscow, has died. He was 55.

Beketov was an early defender of the Khimki Forest, as WaPo explains:

Beketov was part of a group fighting against the construction of a highway through the Khimki forest near Moscow. Several people with high-profile political connections reportedly stood to profit from the highway’s construction, including Arkady Rotenberg, a billionaire who once taught President Vladimir Putin judo.

After the 2008 attack, Beketov was in a coma and spent more than two years in hospitals. The attackers were never identified.

Beketov’s reporting was too incisive and too well-informed, it seems. Too dangerous for  some.


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