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Russian Journalist Attacked In Siberian City

A Russian journalist has been attacked near his home in the western Siberian city of Tomsk, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Mark Minin was fired at four times by a flare gun at around 10 a.m. on May 18 as he was walking to his car.

Minin, a well-known journalist and TV presenter in the Tomsk Region, sustained injuries to his shoulder, hip, and chest and is in stable condition in the hospital.

Minin said he believes he was attacked because of his work. However, he does not know who may have attacked him or why.

Minin is the head of a TV production company caled Vosmoi den, which produces programs for the local municipal and regional administrations.

Tomsk Governor Viktor Kress has announced that he will personally oversee the investigation into the attack.

Russia is among the world's most dangerous countries for journalists.

In 2009, the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Russia 153rd of 175 countries in media freedom. RSF said little is done to punish those responsible for violence against journalists.