Liberal Russian journalist in ‘serious condition’ after knife attack

Moscow (AFP) – A Russian journalist was in a “serious condition” after an unknown assailant on Monday forced his way into the offices of a radio station critical of the Kremlin and stabbed her in the neck.

Tatyana Felgengauer, a 32-year-old presenter for Echo of Moscow, was attacked after the suspect entered the radio station’s building in central Moscow and blinded the security guard with a spray, editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov said.

“He then came with a knife and stabbed Tanya,” Venediktov told reporters.

“There was a lot of blood and she was in shock,” the editor said, adding that the attacker, who was overpowered by a security guard, had appeared to be aiming at her.

“He knew where he was going and he knew who he was going to. We are all shocked.”

Ida Sharapova, another employee at the radio station, said the suspect grabbed Felgengauer before he stabbed her.

“At first I thought he knew her,” she told reporters.

The Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said it has opened a criminal case against a 48-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

Citing preliminary information, Moscow police said the attacker was driven by “personal animosity” and that he was a “citizen of a foreign country.”

– Waiting for operation –

Venediktov said he was told “there was no threat to life but she is in a serious condition,” adding that Felgengauer had been able to get out of the building on her own two feet.

“We are waiting to find out what will happen after an operation.”

He also said that two more people had been hurt: the security guard downstairs who had the substance thrown at his face and another guard upstairs who was able to pin the attacker down.

Radio station employee Vitaly Ruvinsky posted on Twitter a photo of the dishevelled man dressed in a black jacket and trousers seated in a chair.

Police officer Yury Titov said the suspect tried to hide in the building after he stabbed the journalist but was found by the security guards.

Venediktov said the man had a…

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