Dmitry Muratov, Nobel Peace Prize winner and prominent critic of Putin, was attacked on a train and covered in red paint mixed with acetone.
A Nobel Prize-winning critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was reportedly attacked with “paint and acetone” on a train.
Dmitry Muratov, Nobel Peace Prize winner and editor of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, has been covered in “red paint” and “acetone” by unknown assailants.
He was in the train compartment when he was sprayed with paint that was “mixed” with the chemical acetone, the Russian outlet Meduza reported.
Meduza English managing editor Kevin Rothrock said: “On board a train to Samara, someone attacked Nobel Peace Prize laureate and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov with red paint mixed with solvent acetone.”
Rothrock added that the attackers yelled, “This is for our boys!”
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In a statement on the Novaya Gazeta website, Moratov said: “Oil paint with acetone was poured into the compartment.
“The eyes burn terribly. Moscow-Samara train.
“Oily smell throughout the car. Departure has already been delayed by 30 minutes.
I’ll try to wash. She yelled, ‘Muratov, here’s to our guys.'”
Muratov is an outspoken critic of Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
On March 22, he said he would auction off his Nobel Peace Prize to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war.
His newspaper is often seen as a dissenting voice of the Kremlin and announced shortly after the invasion of Ukraine began that it would stop publishing until the end of the war.
This decision came after a series of warnings from the Russian press regulator that has forced the outlet to remove content on occasion.
In February, the newspaper said: “We are going to suspend publication of the newspaper on our website, social networks and in print until the end of the ‘special operation on the territory of Ukraine’.”
The attack comes after Russia was expelled from the UN Human Rights Council after a vote following the horrific scenes of death and massacre reported in Bucha.
The suspension was led by the United States and came after harrowing reports from the northern city, recently liberated from Russian troops.
Russia was expelled after a vote this afternoon was approved with 93 votes in favor, 24 against and 59 abstentions from member countries.
The resolution expressed “serious concern about the ongoing human rights and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.”
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, introduced the proposal earlier this week following horrific accounts from Bucha about Russians torturing and murdering Ukrainian citizens.
In Bucha, the mayor said more than 300 bodies were found, some of whom had died with their hands tied behind their backs.
Videos posted by Ukrainian soldiers showed them driving through the city, having to slide around bodies strewn on the road.
In light of the horrific stories, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that Russia was on a “deliberate campaign to kill, torture and rape.”
Speaking to reporters while flying to Brussels, he said: “As this Russian tide recedes from parts of Ukraine, the world is seeing the death and destruction it leaves in its wake.
“What we have seen in Bucha is not the random act of a rebel unit. It is a deliberate campaign to kill, torture, rape, commit atrocities.
“The reports are more than credible. The evidence is there for the world to see.”