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Source: site “Crime Russia” (https://en.crimerussia.com):
“10:15 / 02.11.2017
Kaliningrad: siloviki beat newspaper editor-in-chief, search his editorial office
Igor Rudnikov was taken to the hospital with a concussion and a broken rib.
On November 1, around 3:40pm local time, unknown officials entered the editorial office of the Novye Kolesa (New Wheels) newspaper in Kaliningrad. They detained Igor Rudnikov, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper and a deputy of the Kaliningrad Regional Duma.
According to the editorial staff, Rudnikov was detained outside the publishing house, at home. The siloviki brought the deputy to the editorial office already in handcuffs for carrying out searches.
During the detention, the editor-in-chief was badly beaten by the officers of the enforcement bodies. After the interrogation, which was conducted in the editorial office, he felt shaky. According to the latest information, Rudnikov was taken away in an ambulance with a brain concussion and a broken rib soon after arriving at Novye Kolesa office.
The co-founder of the edition Svetlana Berezovskaya was also detained.
Upon the arrival of the siloviki in camouflage, the publishers initially did not allow them to conduct searches. They came in when the lawyer arrived. Then searches began.
“They entered Rudnikov’s office. There is also Rudnikov, they are talking with him. There are ten of them. One of them looked like a typical FSB officer, a skull with bones at his back. Others dressed in random,” said one of the Novye Kolesa journalists Alexander Zakharov.
Later the information appeared that Rudnikov, most likely, was detained because of suspicions of receiving a bribe for concealing defamatory information.
It is possible that all these detentions and searches are connected with the case of the attempt on Igor Rudnikov in March 2016. Then former policeman Alexander Kashirin struck the deputy with a knife five times in Kaliningrad. Rudnikov survived and recovered from injuries, and Kashirin was sentenced to one and a half years of imprisonment. Now there is a review of this case. For Kashirin, a 10-year colony of strict regime is required.
According to Rudnikov, this was a contract murder, the customer of which was Mayor of Svetlogorsk Alexander Kovalsky. Kovalsky left his post at the end of October after information that an unknown person allegedly shot him. Later it turned out that the there was no attempt, and the official just fell on the sharp armature while in a state of intoxication.”
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Source: site «Crime Russia» (crimerussia.com): https://en.crimerussia.com/gromkie-dela/kaliningrad-siloviki-beat-novye-kolesa-editor-in-chief-of-and-searched-editorial-office/