Friday, October 2, 2020

Russian journalist dies after setting herself on fire outside government building

 A Russian journalist died after setting herself on fire outside a government building Friday — writing on Facebook an hour before her suicide, “Blame the Russian Federation for my death.”


Irina Slavina, editor-in-chief of the small local news outlet Koza Press, self-immolated in front of the local branch of the interior ministry in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, about 260 miles east of Moscow.

About an hour before her death, Slavina penned a foreboding message on Facebook directing followers to blame the Communist nation. A day before, she wrote that police raided her apartment in search of pro-democracy materials.

Slavina, who ran a press shop that billed itself as having “no censorship” and “no orders ‘from above,’” said she was being probed for ties to the Open Russia opposition group, which is financed by a fierce critic of the Kremlin, Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

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