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Editor attacked in his home over anti-corruption reports

(CJES/IFEX) - On September 10, 2011, unknown individuals broke the windows on the first floor of the house and in the car of Alexander Singurov, editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Novoshakhtinskaya Pravda", in Novoshakhtinsk, Rostov region.

Singurov believes the attack was aimed at killing him. He links the incident to stories published in his newspaper just two days prior to the attack.

"I am chairman of the Novoshakhtinsk Union of Entrepreneurs. Our priorities are the fight against corruption. To cover these issues, I registered my newspaper in August and the first edition came out on Thursday. I was attacked on Saturday," he said.

Singurov links the attack to the people mentioned in his article.

The journalist says the attack occurred in the evening, when he and his family were having dinner.

"The attackers came from two sides, they broke the windows and then tried to get in [through the opening]," the journalist said, adding that the men told him he "should not have written what [he] wrote." The journalist said the assailants then fired shots into the air and damaged his car.

"The good thing was that our windows are high up, although we are on the ground floor. We hid the children and I started calling the police. That apparently scared them," he said.

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