facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Russian journalist beaten in 2008 dies

April 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, April 8 (UPI) -- Mikhail Beketov, a Russian journalist severely beaten in 2008 for his reporting, died Monday of heart failure, his attorney said. He was 55.

Beketov, who once had his car blown up, was beaten after calling for the resignation of the municipal government in the city of Khimki. Three of his fingers and a leg had to be amputated and he lived out his years using a wheelchair, The New York Times reported.

Police spent little effort trying to find his attackers, the newspaper said, despite witnesses' accounts and surveillance videos.

Yevgenia Chirikova, an environmental activist from Khimki, said Beketov never recovered physically from the attack.

"In essence, they killed him back then," she told the Times in a telephone interview. "He was just dying all these years. That's all."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
2
Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances Michael Brown's memorial on fire under mysterious circumstances
3
Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay' Reeva Steenkamp's mother: Pistorius should 'pay'
4
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
5
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback