A prominent Russian journalist at one of the country’s leading radio stations has been stabbed in the neck by an assailant who burst into the broadcaster’s studios.
Deputy editor-in-chief Tatyana Felgenhauer, who is best known for co-hosting a popular morning show at Ekho Moskvy, is now receiving treatment at hospital following the incident.
Her injuries were not life-threatening, it was believed.
The attacker sprayed gas in a guard’s face at the entrance to the building before making his way up to the 14th floor where the station’s studios are.
Soon after the stabbing, the intruder was held by security staff who then handed him over to police, according to reports.
The incident follows death threats sent to journalists at the station, described as Russia’s only independent outlet, in the past.
Ekho Moskvy has been openly critical of the Russian administration sparking opposition from pro-government critics.
The broadcaster is owned by a media holding controlled by state-owned gas giant Gazprom but it does give air time to staunch critics of the Kremlin and its allies.
The latest incident comes after one of the station’s regular presenters, Yulia Latynina, said she had been forced to flee her country following a series of attacks, including the torching of her car.
A spokesman for the Russian prosecutor-general’s office, Alexander Kurennoi, condemned the attack on Facebook, calling it “outrageous”.