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Chelyabinsk journalist was hit in head at entrance of her home

In Chelyabinsk, an unknown shooter shot a journalist at the local edition “Obschestvennyy zashchitnik” (Public Defender) Yulia Ziabrina. She told about it “Echo of Moscow in Chelyabinsk”. 

“It all happened late in the evening, very unexpectedly for me, I was in such a condition that I could not run around and look for someone, then I lost my consciousness, – “Novaya gazeta” reported yesrterday. I fear that this is related to my professional activity. We were threatened by some unknown persons saying they would persecute us, they promised to “deal with us using some other ways,” and so on. We have a number of publications in the newspaper that are mostly anti-corruptional, and there are fears that everything is connected with this, ”she said.

The shot was fired from a pneumatic weapon. The “Novaya Gazeta” failed to contact Julia Ziabrina herself: her phone was switched off.

In the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Chelyabinsk region the correspondent of “Novaya” was informed that report on the incident is being verified now, and based on the results of this verification the police will decide eventual initiation of a criminal case.

“Obshchestvenny zashchitnik” periodically publishes materials criticizing the local elites: from members of the Chelyabinsk region government to security and military forces.

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