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Russian Editor Dies after Setting Herself on Fire; Blaming Russian Federation on Death

 


A Russian news editor has died after setting fire on herself in front of an interior ministry office in the city of Nizhniy Novgorod.

Irina Slavina, who was an editor-in-chief of the small Koza Press news website died by burning herself on Friday on a bench in Gorky Street, where the interior ministry in Nizhny Novgorod is situated.

 Its website went down on Friday, as news of her death was confirmed. She was one of seven people in Nizhny Novgorod whose homes were searched on Thursday, apparently as part of an inquiry into Open Russia.

Last year, she was fined for "disrespecting authorities" in one of her articles.

Slavina had said on Thursday police had searched her flat looking for materials related to the pro-democracy group Open Russia. Computers and data were seized.

Footage has emerged apparently showing the moment she set herself on fire . In the video, a man is seen running to a woman to help put out the flames. She repeatedly pushes him back as he tries to use his coat to stop the fire, before she eventually falls to the ground.

Irina Slavina earlier wrote on Facebook: "I ask you to blame the Russian Federation for my death."

Authorities confirmed her body had been found with severe burns.

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