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Two Suspects In Attack On Siberian Journalist Detained

Yevgeny Mezdrikov (file photo)
Yevgeny Mezdrikov (file photo)

Police in the Russian city of Novosibirsk have detained two men suspected of attacking a local journalist.

The chief editor of online news site, Yevgeny Mezdrikov, said earlier that two men entered his offices on December 8 and punched him in the face several times with no explanation.

Vladimir Gorodetsky, the Siberian region's governor, told journalists on December 15 that two suspects had been detained on December 12.

The Novosibirsk Journalists Union had urged regional law enforcement officials to investigate, expressing concerns over frequent attacks against journalists in the region.

Advocacy groups say attack on journalists whose work challenges or displeases the authorities in Russia face daily risks and their attackers are rarely punished. is a private, independent media outlet that has been covering news and events in the region since 2004.

Based on reporting by, TASS, and Interfax

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