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Russian journalist beaten in 2008 dies

April 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

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."

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