Russian radio journalist Tania Felgengauer was rushed to hospital Monday after a male assailant, who has been arrested, broke into the studio and stabbed her in the neck.
Felgengauer, 32, underwent surgery in a Moscow hospital and was placed in a medically induced coma. He editor-in-chief, Alexei Venediktov, said her life is not in danger but the extent of the damage to her neck is unknown.
The attacker, identified by police as Brosi Grits, sprayed a gas into the face of the security guard upon entry to the respected, renown and independent Ekho Moskvy radio station, before stabbing Felgengauer.
A police video shows Mr Grits saying he had a “telepathic” connection with the journalist.
“Using this telepathic contact she stole in every night and tormented me…She had been [sexually] harassing me for two months,” says Grits in the video posted on the Moscow Police website.
Millions in Russia and internationally listen to the Ekho Moskvy station, and it often acts as a sole platform separate from state-owned or influenced media, and finds itself often criticizing the Kremlin.
Mr Venediktov, the editor-in-chief, said that the attacker was appeared to be targeting Felgengauer as “he knew where he was going and he knew who he was going to.”
A security guard overpowered Grits in the end, but Venediktov says “there was a lot of blood and she was in shock.”
This is just the latest attack in a recent series of them against high-profile journalists and prominent politicians who criticize the government.
Former opposition leader Boris Nemstov was gunned down in 2015 in a brutal assault on a bridge.
Alexei Navalny was recently just set free from jail but has experienced midnight abductions by government agencies and other forms of persecution.
Recently, the station’s Yulia Latynina was sprayed with faeces and her car was set ablaze and then she left decided to leave Russia.
State TV recently accused the station of working with the “West” to produce anti-Russian propaganda, according to several news sources.
Ekho Moskvy is known for being critical of the Kremlin, and serves as a platform of honest conversation and news dissemination, according to many.
It is not clear whether Grits was a lone wolf scenario or whether
The radio station, Ekho Moskvy, or “Moscow Echo” is based in the capital city of and is considered by many in the west and domestically as the only truly independent media in Russia.
It gained its fame during the the fall of the former Soviet Union, acting as a signal boost for information during a chaotic time.
It acted as a news disseminator on the airwaves and, according to its Editor-in-ChiefAlexei Venediktov, had one defining rule of operation: “All significant points of view on events should be submitted.”
It is today rated by Medialogy and other standards as the most influential radio in Russia, and has the most listeners in a service that spans 40 Russian cities and reach seven million people, according to TNS Global statistics from 2011.
Ekho Moskvy is listened to globally.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Tania Felgengauer with Russian opposition figure Navelny from Twitter.