Russia

    A Russian journalist died Jan. 20 after being severely beaten by a police officer in the Siberian city of Tomsk. Konstantin Popov, who worked for Tomskaya Nedelya weekly, died in a hospital after almost two weeks in a coma, the publication's editor-in-chief, Yulia Ivanova, said. She said Popov, 47, was "horrendously maimed" in a police cell where he was taken in early January to sober up. He was beaten and then shot in the genital area, she said. Ivanova said the killing was not related to Popov's reporting for the paper. "This could happen to anyone," she said. "It does not matter who you are these days." At least 16 journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000. Most of them had written reports critical of authorities. (AP)

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