Sergey Protazanov, a newspaper worker for the opposition Grazhdanskoe Soglasie newspaper in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, died Monday in his home. According to colleagues and friends, he was violently attacked the day before, the Gazeta.ru online newspaper reports. Police, meanwhile, blamed Protazanov’s death on either poisoning or overdose.
“He died after a brutal attack which took place during the weekend,” said Alla Chernysheva, an activist leader in a local environmental movement. According to Chernysheva, Protazanov was attacked from behind and hit in the head, knocked to the ground, and kicked repeatedly. Protazanov, who is disabled, was then hospitalized and released the next day.