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Russian Journalists Protest Attacks On Colleagues

Sergei Mikhailov, an editor of "Saratovsky Reporter," was attacked on November 6.
Dozens of independent journalists in the western Russian city of Saratov demonstrated against recent attacks on journalists, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

On November 11, the demonstrators held a flash mob performance in Saratov's central square in which a masked attacker dressed in black attacked journalists.

Olga Pavlyukova, the chief editor of independent news agency "Saratovolnews," which organized the protest, told RFE/RL that independent journalists in Saratov and elsewhere in Russia do not feel secure and need to be reassured that they will not be attacked for their work.

Participants said they wanted to demonstrate solidarity with their colleague, Oleg Kashin, who was severely beaten by unknown assailants in Moscow on November 6.

Sergei Mikhailov, an editor at the Saratov newspaper "Saratovsky Reporter," was beaten by unknown attackers on the same day.

Three other Saratov journalists gave been injured in assaults since 2003. One suffered permanent injuries after being attacked with an ax.