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Novaya Gazeta newspaper editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov talks to the media. Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Reuters

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

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

“They poured oil paint with acetone in the compartment. My eyes burned terribly. Moscow-Samara aim,” Muratov, 60, said in a statement posted on Telegram on April 7, according to CNN. “Oily smell all over the car. Departure has already been delayed by 30 minutes. I’ll try to wash off.”

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

Novaya Gazeta editor and Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov, one of the few independent journalists nevertheless in Russia, was attacked with paint while on a aim, the paper says. pic.twitter.com/rI8nQzJ34b

— max seddon (@maxseddon) April 7, 2022

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 orchestrated the 7 April attack on Novaya Gazeta’s editor in chief Dmitry Muratov, in which he was splashed with red paint containing acetone,” the official said.

Representatives from the White House, the Russian Embassy in the US, and Novaya Gazeta did not closest respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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

—Mariya Petkova (@mkpetkova) February 25, 2022

A month later, the newspaper announced that the newspaper would stop operations until the end of the war after receiving a second warning from Russian communications regulators enforcing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s censorship law established in early March.

However, following the April 7 attack on Muratov, the newspaper broke its silence to publish an investigation into the incident on April 12. The newspaper identified the Nobel laureate’s suspected 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 the incident, who 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 reading: “We will come for each of you, just wait!!!”

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