The business manager of Russia’s official news agency Tass has been found murdered – just over a week after the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya shocked the world.
The International Federation of Journalists has called for a detailed investigation into the killing of Anatoly Voronin, business manager and deputy director of the agency. He was found in his apartment with multiple knife wounds.
IFJ general secretary Aidan White said: ““It adds a new dimension to the dangerous and intimidating atmosphere that is overwhelming journalism in Russia.
“Once again the journalists of Russia are in mourning as another brutal assassination adds to the sense of danger and lawlessness infecting the community of journalism.”
According to the IFJ, Voronin is the 14th journalist or media worker murdered in Russia since Vladimir Putin became Russian president six years ago.
Voronin, 55, had worked for the agency for 23 years.
Tass journalist Ludmila Perkina told Reuters: “It is a colossal loss for Tass. He did so much for Tass. He tried to do everything so that we – the journalists – could work. Our hearts are very heavy today."
Picture: a policeman guards the entrance to Voronin’s central Moscow flat (Reuters).