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Russian reporter beaten to coma
19.11.2008 12:29
Russian reporter beaten to coma

A Russian reporter who is in a coma after a savage beating told the authorities a week ago he had received threats to his life because of his investigative reporting, a friend told Reuters Tuesday.
      Mikhail Beketov, the editor of a newspaper in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, was found unconscious and covered in blood near his home. He is in Moscow's main intensive care unit with pieces of his skull imbedded in his brain. Doctors have amputated his leg and a breathing machine is keeping him alive.
      Doctors believe Beketov, whose newspaper wrote exposes on corruption and campaigned on environmental issues, was beaten with metal poles and that he may have lain in his garden for at least a day.
      "This is what happens when you oppose certain people," Lyudmila Fedotova, a friend of Beketov's, told Reuters by telephone. "If they finish me off then you can write a story about that too. I am no longer scared." She said a week before the attack Beketov told her he was informed that an order to kill him had been taken out. He had also written a letter about his concerns to Russia's domestic intelligence service, the FSB.


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