A Russian journalist known for his criticism of President Vladimir Putin has died after being beaten by unknown attackers, it has been reported. Nikolai Andrushchenko, 73, who co-founded the Novy Peterburg newspaper, was attacked six weeks ago and had been in a coma since then.

A Russian journalist known for his criticism of President Vladimir Putin has died after being beaten by unknown attackers, it has been reported. Nikolai Andrushchenko, 73, who co-founded the Novy Peterburg newspaper, was attacked six weeks ago and had been in a coma since then.
A Russian journalist known for his criticism of President Vladimir Putin has died after being bea...

Funny how that keeps happening.

Look like suicide to me, what say you, Boris?

Well golly gee I wonder who is responsible.

sounds like suicide to me.

This is the man Putin bots defend

sad...beating an old man to death

Ha, I think he is NOT invincible

Obama, clearly

Comrad threw himself on punching tree, clear case of suicide.

Nothing to see here! Back to work!!!

Clinton slit his throat with her emails.

HE died of a massive heart attack to the back of his head!!!

Copied from another redditor

I think the implication wasn't that the attackers were fans of Putin, rather that they were employees of Putin.

Excuse me while I hang myself despite having no known mental health issues or life events that would warrant such an act.

Sorry, you immediately lose you leg to stand on when you say "In fairness, Putin."

Dude brazenly and consistently murders political opponents and opposition journalists. Any other view is naive.

Oh come on. Clearly he did him to himself. There's no way Putin would do that /s

remind me of the my childhood and "stop hitting yourself"

Yeah, a group of people beating a 73 year old man to death is so badass...

This is the man Donald Trump admires.

comrade putin is so great that disagreeing with him causes the body to literally beat itself to death.

ALL HAIL GLORIOUS COMRADE PUTIN

I think it's very impressive how Putin is able to be efficient in his tyranny all the while having his dick relentlessly gobbled by ol' Dumpy.

There's no murder in paradise.

It was a valid point though, and a relatively unbiased one, unlike the droves of Russian state-sponsored psyops guys out to defend Putin and sing his praises in this thread.

Even if it's not Putin directly, the leader is ultimately responsible for the culture he engenders in the country.

There is currently a culture where people who are outspoken or journalists will be essentially deemed 'ok' to attack by zealous youth, even if they are 73 years old. Even if there is no direct link, this sort of culture in Russia sucks. And the guy on top is the one who ultimately holds responsibility.

Also, Putin basically lives in a permanent cloak of plausible deniability. Even if the dots aren't directly connected, eventually there are enough dots there that they basically connect themselves.

Shillin like a villain

Reminds me of this: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-scientist-who-discovered-litvinenko-9325403

Poor guy committed suicide by stabbing himself to death with two knives.

If Trump were ex-CIA and had a well documented history of offing opponents and entrenching power and wealth in himself... Yes.

Motive, means, pattern of behavior, if it all fits. Yes.

"Stip killing yourself!"

He obviously asked to be beaten to death.

Like an entire country run by a mafia.

If those incidents of violence were routinely directed at the political opponents of Obama or Trump, then yes.

He started with his false-flag bombing of apartments.

I'm convinced Putin came to power by starting the second Chechen war. Will link sources when not on mobile. Putin came to and has held power by silencing opposition and manipulating the system.

But she deleted the emails...

so that means

the recycle bin works for Putin. D:

This is literally no more coincidental than the seemingly endless parade of Trump administration officials that travel to Russia, meet with Russian officials, do business with Russia, get paid by Russia, etc. <snark>

Yes, whatabout America indeed.

Actually, we throw the mafia in prison.

Was not expecting a goldeneye reference in this thread

they obviously love putin, sometimes beating someone to death, sometimes defending him on random threads on internet, no employment included just pure love /s

Poor guy made so many enemies in Russia business and government due to his private investigations, that he was a target for a long time. He almost died in a detention cell in 2007 but kept running investigation versus powerful authorities from 90s. This is reality of our sick society. In Soviet times there was a widely known proverb: no person, no problem. Most of the shady things often end up with dead bodies. :(

You need to reread the article/title. He died recently after time in a coma, so yes, now technically dead.

Boris, said too much and got a heart attack. Da, 6 heart attacks to the back and lower abdomen.

Yes

"It's not gay unless you're the one sucking."

-Vladdy Putin, 2017

Looks to me like he accidentally fell on his head, Ivan.

Oh, yeah. Trump supporters are in real danger here.

Wait! Wasn't this the guy from the Russia episode of Parts Unknown with Anthony Bourdain?

Holy shit, dude. That what was the sanest person he talked to in Russia. God, that's depressing.

You sure about that? Because the Moscow Times seems to think he was beaten to death today as well.

https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-journalist-dies-in-hospital-after-brutal-beating-57760

yeah, maybe if a shitload of people who criticized putin weren't fucking DEAD, then maybe, MAYBE id have some doubt. but for someone to even state that its "an odd conclusion to jump to" is straight up retarded.

Full circle: a reporter who helped break that story was murdered

Sorry, you immediately lose your leg to stand on when you summarily dismiss someone's argument with that kind of blanket statement.

hah. this is the comment that I really like.

so Trump is

Didn't take long for the whataboutism to come afloat.

That's even more terrifying to me. A foreign leader killing his opposition? Sucks, but happens a lot. My president kissing his ass every chance he gets? WHAT THE SHIT?!

Is even more obvious suicide as man who shoot himself twice in back of head, and padlock himself in bag. happens all of time! no reason to suspecting a murder, not worry yourself about it tovarisch.

Damn Whomping Willows.

What Donald Trump & Co. want to bring to America,

He's such a great guy, helping all these depressed journalists, generals, and politicians. Shame how they always commit suicide :(

This is all due to western pigdog imperialism, Putin had no other choice!

How often does it happen to prominent Trump critics vs prominent Putin critics?

Funny

Funny "ha ha"? or funny "oh, hmm."?

I feel like half the reason they do this kind of shit is pure Crab Pot Mentality. They're miserable and they want the rest of the world to be just as sad as the Motherland.

To be fair, Putin has millions of critics and the chances of none of them being killed is low. It's fair to say that maybe not every single one is his doing. Although it'd be more ignorant to say none of them are his doing.

It's not really that valid because the "millions" of critics (a) aren't all in Russia within his sphere of influence and (b) aren't all actively revealing damaging information to him.

Remove all those and the numbers become more striking. If you're a hard hitting journalist or opponent to Putin IN Russia, you've got balls.

And by hard hitting I'm not talking about the fake ones like the liberal strawmen fox news puts up.

This has to be a troll account. You cant honestly have such a sad worldview... when your entire identity derives from trying to fulfill the image of being "masculine" and "badass". So submissive, pathetic and empty.

Ah yes, the classic "suicide by beating yourself to death." A real tragedy.

Actually there is absolutely nothing funny about any of this, it's fucking horrendous.

In my opinion, there is effectively no difference between a direct order and an environment where his desires are clearly known and carried out for him.

Do you really think he doesn't order any of these murders? Don't be naïve

Yeah, in the US we just got super PACs doing it... totally different!

There's a few ways this could happen and the repercussions would vary widely. The first major question is, is the act traceable to the CIA? If it is traceable to the CIA, there's a few other questions, is there someone we have lined up to seize power, and how much support do they have? Based on the answers to these questions we get into the repercussions. First of all nuclear war will be on the table if the CIA is implicated. Assassinating the president of a nuclear power is unprecendented, (unless you subscribe to the theory that Kennedy was killed by the USSR). Other options in the CIA implicated scenario include a massive coverup, coventional war, or extreme sanctions, depending on who knows and who benefits from this. Russia would have the support of the world if they had solid evidence and chose to present it to the world. They would have support for massive economic sanctions up to a boycott of the US, while most countries would still remain extremely reluctant to engage the US at all militarily. If the CIA wasn't implicated, the most important part would be which of the oligarchs or politicians fill the resulting HUGE power vacuum. Russia would be thrown into at least temporary chaos. Putin doesn't have a clear successor and the politics there are extremely opaque to say the least. The closest I've seen to a successor would be Dmitry Medvedev but in reality no-one really knows. It's an extremely difficult question with essentially every possible response on the table.

The end of press freedom....and lots of taxpayers' money in their pockets.

Relevant to the discussion.

*extremely well done radio program on Mr. Vladimir Putin -I felt embarrassed I didn't know or at least have heard of some of the stories from this report. https://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/614/the-other-mr-president

Get out your tinfoil hats... Oh wait, we're talking about Putin? Oh yep, murder confirmed.

So you don't think he was murdered?

If those incidents of violence were routinely directed at the political opponents of Obama or Trump, then yes.

Why?

If the president was promoting a culture in which violence against opposing views is viewed as acceptable, the leaders who foster such an environment are inherently responsible for the actions which result. That point was already made by the person you responded to, you even even quoted the section where they explicitly qualify their statement with "the leader is ultimately responsible for the culture he engenders in the country".

There is currently a culture where people who are outspoken or journalists will be essentially deemed 'ok' to attack by zealous youth, even if they are 73 years old. Even if there is no direct link, this sort of culture in Russia sucks. And the guy on top is the one who ultimately holds responsibility.

Let's look at some data:

The Committee to Protect Journalists has described Russia as "one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists," with 36 journalists killed since 1992.

Nina Ognianova, Europe and Central Asia program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, says that about 90 percent of killings of journalists in Russia go unpunished. "A fact that stands in stark contrast with a 2014 statement by Russia's top investigator, Aleksandr Bastrykin, that 90 percent of all homicides in the country are solved," she says.

"Any politician will tell you that you have to answer for your words," Kashin said. "And I indeed believe that the real reason for that atmosphere, the criminalization of society, it comes from Putin, as everything flows from the top down."

Violence is not the only threat Russian journalists face. Their attackers are often emboldened by official hostility to independent journalists and the aforementioned weak justice system, but Russian journalists also find themselves squeezed by a media world in which the state plays an increasingly large role. Independent outlets that dare to criticize Putin are increasingly rare. Prominent critics, such anti-corruption blogger and activist Alexei Navalny, can find themselves entangled in costly and time-consuming legal cases that have the potential to land them in jail for lengthy periods.

We are talking about a culture in which the government is overtly critical of journalists who oppose their political goals and fail to hold people accountable for attacks levied against those journalists.

In a comparable example in the US, if someone were to attack journalists whom Trump regularly singles out as being 'fake', 'dishonest', and the 'enemy of the people', he should be held accountable for fostering an environment where journalists are targeted for using their free speech to be critical of the government.

Looks like the KGB is alive and well old chap

Poisoned by our enemies

But democratic Assad says Putin had nothing to do with it. He is more trustworthy than those French and Israeli warmongers.

Says the obvious Russian spy...

Jeez, this might be one of the dumbest things on this page. He was just saying the guy was murdered. Chances are good, if your friend was killed, he was probably also murdered

Blows my mind that the state sponsors employees to sit on reddit all day errday.