A Russian journalist known for his criticism of Putin
A Russian journalist known for his criticism of President Vladimir Putin has died after being beaten by unknown attackers, it has been reported.
Nikolai Andrushchenko, 73, who co-founded the Novy Peterburg newspaper, was attacked six weeks ago and had been in a coma since then.
He died on Wednesday in St Petersburg.
His attackers have not been identified but Novy Peterburg editor Denis Usov linked the assault to articles in the newspaper about corruption in the city.
Mr Andrushchenko was a member of the St Petersburg city council from 1990 until 1993. He made his name writing about human rights issues and crime.
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