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Russian Demonstrators Express Support For Regional Media Baron

Vadim Rogozhin
Vadim Rogozhin
More than 100 protesters in the Russian city of Saratov have expressed their solidarity with a regional media baron who was severely beaten on March 5.

Vadim Rogozhin, the owner of the Vzglyad media holding company, was attacked by unknown assailants on his way home.

RFE/RL's Russian Service reports from Saratov that representatives of the regional branch of Russia's Union of Journalists, local NGOs, and human rights activists, as well ordinary citizens, gathered in the city center to show their support.

Some held signs saying, "Who Ordered It? Find Them," "Stop Terrorizing Journalists," and, "No To Censorship, Yes To Freedom Of Speech!"

Rogozhin is still in the hospital, where his condition is listed as serious but stable.

Rogozhin's colleagues believe the attack is likely connected to his professional activities.