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MIKHAIL  BEKETOV

*This journalist is a candidate for addition to the memorial.

News Organization: KHIMKINSKAYA PRAVDA

Died: 2013

Location: RUSSIA

On a frigid November night in 2008, newspaper editor Mikhail Beketov was attacked outside his home by men who smashed his skull with a metal bar and left him to die in the snow. He lost a leg, several fingers and the ability to speak. Nearly five years later, he died at age 55 of complications from his injuries. Before the attack, the former war correspondent had used his newspaper to campaign against government corruption in suburban Moscow. He was threatened, his dog was killed and his car was firebombed. No one has been charged in his death. Russia has one of the world’s worst records for prosecuting the killers of journalists.