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Russian journalist dies after attack in St. Petersburg

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In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, prominent Russian journalist Nikolai Andrushchenko poses in St. Petersburg, Russia. 73-year old Andrushchenko, has died of his injuries six weeks after being attacked in St. Petersburg, is reported Wednesday April 19, 2017, by Russian media outlets, citing his lawyer and the editor-in-chief of his newspaper, Novy Peterburg. (AP Photo/Denis Usov) © The Associated Press In this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, prominent Russian journalist Nikolai Andrushchenko poses in St. Petersburg, Russia. 73-year old Andrushchenko, has died of his injuries six weeks after being attacked in St. Petersburg, is reported Wednesday April 19, 2017, by Russian media outlets, citing his lawyer and the editor-in-chief of his newspaper, Novy Peterburg. (AP Photo/Denis Usov)

MOSCOW — A prominent Russian journalist has died of his injuries six weeks after being attacked in St. Petersburg.

The death Wednesday of 73-year-old Nikolai Andrushchenko was reported by Russian media outlets that cited his lawyer and the editor-in-chief of the Novy Peterburg newspaper.

The state news agency RIA Novosti quoted editor Denis Usov as saying the journalist had been in a medically induced coma since the March 9 attack.

Andrushchenko's attackers have not been identified. Usov has linked the assault to articles in the newspaper about corruption in St. Petersburg.

Andrushchenko was a member of the St. Petersburg city council from 1990 until 1993. He was among the founders of Novy Peterburg, where he made a name for himself writing about human rights issues and crime.

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