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Journalist Stabbed In Moscow

  • RFE/RL's Russian Service

MOSCOW – Moscow police say an investigation has been launched into the stabbing of a journalist who works for the Ekho Moskvy and Mayak radio stations.

Reports say remarks the reporter made about Islam may have been a motive for the attack.

Hospital officials said journalist Sergei Aslanian sustained stab wounds late on May 28 when an unknown assailant attacked him with a knife after he was called to the front door of his apartment building.

Aslanian underwent surgery and doctors say his life is not in danger. Aslanian has told friends his attacker shouted: "You do not like Allah!"

Aslanian's colleagues say he recently expressed some personal opinions regarding Islam on one of his programs.

The mufti of Moscow and central Russia, Albir Krganov, has condemned the violence against the reporter.

With reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS