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A Knife in the Throat Nearly Silences a Top Independent Broadcaster in Moscow

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Russian reporter has throat slashedTatiana Felgenhauer, the 32-year-old deputy chief editor of the Echo of Moscow independent radio station, was stabbed in her throat and seriously wounded on Monday right in the reception of Echo’s newsroom.

The radio station’s security captured the attacker and handed him over to police. The assailant was a middle-aged man dressed in black clothes. Fortunately, an ambulance arrived within minutes and Felgenhauer was rushed to surgery, which appears to have saved her life.

Felgenhauer is known for her hipster look, strong voice, and brilliant skills as a narrator. Several days a week Russia wakes up to her voice on the radio, but this attacker clearly intended to silence her.“Tania is the face and voice of Echo of Moscow, each of us feels stabbed this morning,”

Echo’s international observer Tonia Samsonova told The Daily Beast as he looked at her blood on the newsroom floor. “Tania is the key reporter covering anti-Putin protests; it was the state that has previously inspired the hateful, aggressive public attitude against our journalists.”



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