Oleg Kashin: Russian Journalist Beating Video Posted Online
A Graphic Video Showing Two Men Beating Russian Journalist Oleg Kashin With a Metal Pipe Has Been Posted Online
Oleg Kashin was beaten nearly to death on a street in Russia and now the video has been posted online that shows the brutality and severity of the attack.
Mr. Kashin, 30, works for the Kommersant newspaper and has mostly covered political stories for the publication. He is now in a medically induced coma after two men beat him for about 80 seconds with a metal bar.
The newspaper’s editor, Mikhail Mikhailin, said he believed the attack, at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, was related to Mr. Kashin’s assignments — in part because the attackers broke the reporter’s fingers, as if in punishment for his writing.
He is also suffering from a broken jaw, broken fingers (his is also missing the tip of his left pinky finger as it broke off during the beating according to Life News), a concussion and fractures in both legs according to the NYT.
The video is footage from a surveillance camera and you can see one man with the metal pipe hidden inside a bouquet of flowers walk in front of Mr. Kashin and then turn around and hit him. The second man then comes into the frame from the right and the two men can be seen beating the reporter.
When the two men leave, Mr. Kashin then tries to crawl away but cannot get up. A neighbor reportedly called the police and an ambulance.
Over the weekend, President Dmitri A. Medvedev ordered Russia’s general prosecutor and interior minister to supervise the investigation, and sent a message on Twitter that said, “The criminals must be found and punished.”
However, just two days later, another journalist called Anatoly Adamchuk, who works for the newspaper Zuhkovskii Vesti, was hit on the head as he left the paper's office. He is now in hospital with head injuries although he is expected to make a full recovery. He had been writing about eight high school students who had been detained by police for trying to photograph trees that were to be cut down and Mr. Adamchuk wrote about the harassment towards them.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there have been at least 18 journalists killed in Russia since 2000.