Les Fédérations internationale et européenne des journalistes (La FIJ et la FEJ) se sont jointes au Syndicat des journalistes de Russie (RUJ) pour exprimer leurs condoléances les plus profondes au journal Noviy Petersburg à la suite de la mort de son journaliste d'investigation et co-fondateur du journal Nicolay Andrushchenko qui est décédé le 19 avril à l'hôpital Mariinsky à l'âge de 73 ans. La FIJ se joint aux appels pour qu’une enquête complète soit diligentée afin de clarifier les circonstances de sa mort.
Andruschenko was a prominent journalist famous for his investigative reporting on such dangerous topics as local crime, corruption, and police brutality.
He was reported to have been severely beaten by unidentified people on 9 March and put into a medically-induced coma.
According to Alevtina Ageeva, the head of the publishing house Noviy Petersburg, “on the evening of 9 March he left for a business meeting. The same night he was picked up by the ambulance and taken to the Mariinsky hospital with a craniocerebral injury. Later on he had surgery and was put into a medically-induced coma’’ in which he stayed for more than a month.
“Nicolay’s death is our common tragedy, sorrow and pain. The loss of any colleague is irrevocable. We are waiting for a detailed report from the police concerning the circumstances of the murder of our journalist. We insist that the perpetrators should be found and punished”, RUJ Chairman Vsevolod Bogdanov said.