Dmitry Muratov, a Russian Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist, was assaulted while on a train from Moscow to Samara. Muratov is the editor of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazetaan independent media outlet critical of the national government.
An unidentified man yelled at Muratov and threw red paint at him, according to Novaya Gazeta Europe on Telegram. The reporter said the attacker allegedly shouted “Muratov, here’s one for our boys”, probably in reference to the Russian military.
“They poured oil paint with acetone into the compartment. My eyes are burning terribly,” Muratov said after the attack, according to Novaya Gazeta Europe..
Footage of the aftermath shows blood red paint covering his body and clothing, as well as the train compartment and his personal belongings.
Kirill Martynov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Europe, tweeted that Muratov received medical attention but that his eyesight may be affected by the painting.
Last year, Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with Novaya Gazeta, which he co-founded in 1991. The newspaper has become an advocate of democracy and freedom of expression in Russia. But six of the paper’s journalists have been killed over the years because of their work to hold the Russian government and its military to account.
At the start of the Russo-Ukrainian war, the newspaper was forced to cease publication following pressure from the government. Some of the newspaper’s journalists fled Russia and founded Novaya Gazeta Europe, a project independent of its namesake.