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The United States says Russian intelligence was behind the attack on a Nobel laureate, according to the report

Novaya Gazeta’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov speaks to the media. Sergei Bobylev / TASS via Reuters

  • A Nobel laureate was assaulted with paint with acetone while on a train in Russia earlier this month.
  • A US official told The Washington Post that the United States concluded that Russian intelligence was behind the attack.
  • Dmitry Muratov, editor of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, has been publicly critical of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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The US government says an attack on a prominent Moscow critic and Nobel laureate was orchestrated by Russian intelligence. Washington Post reported Thursday.

Earlier this month, Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was attacked with acetone-laced red paint while on a train in Russia, burning his eyes.

“They poured oil paint with acetone into the room. My eyes burned terribly. The Moscow-Samara train,” Muratov, 60, said in a statement published on Telegram on April 7, according to CNN. “Greasy smell all over the car. The departure has already been delayed by 30 minutes. I will try to wash off.”

Muratov added: “(The attacker) shouted: ‘Muratov, here is for you for our boys’,” referring to Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.

An unnamed US official told The Post that the government concluded that Russian intelligence was behind the attack on Muratov.

“The United States can confirm that Russian intelligence service orchestrated the April 7 attack on Novaya Gazeta’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov in which he was spray-painted with red paint containing acetone,” the official said.

Representatives of the White House, the Russian Embassy in the United States and Novaya Gazeta did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

In February, Novaya Gazeta published a three-word headline on their front page following the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine: “Russia. Bombs. Ukraine.”

A month later, the newspaper announced that the newspaper would suspend operations until the end of the war after receiving another warning from Russian communications authorities enforcing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s censorship law, which was created in early March.

But after the attack on Muratov on April 7, the newspaper broke its silence publish a study into the incident on April 12th. The newspaper identified the Nobel laureate’s alleged assailant as 41-year-old Russian nationalist Nikolai Trifonov, citing a photo taken by Muratov of the man before he escaped the scene, according to their investigation.

The Russian newspaper also reported that another man was arrested on April 8 in connection with with the incident that filmed the attack.

A video of the attack on Muratov was posted on a pro-Russian military channel on Telegram called “Union Z of Paratroopers”, according to Novaya Gazeta, with part of the caption in the post: “We will come for each of you, just wait !! ! “

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The United States says Russian intelligence was behind the attack on a Nobel laureate, according to the report

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