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The Russian journalist sets herself on fire "in protest against the crackdown on her work by Putin's police".


The Russian journalist sets herself on fire "in protest against the crackdown on her work by Putin's police".

  • 47-year-old Irina Slavina set herself on fire in front of the Interior Ministry's headquarters
  • Police raided her home on Thursday and took away laptops and notebooks
  • Slavina died of her injuries despite a man trying to put out the flames

A Russian journalist has died after setting herself on fire the day after police raided her home.

Irina Slavina, 47, wrote: "I ask you to hold the Russian Federation responsible for my death."

A deeply disturbing video from BAZA media shows how she sets herself on fire and a man desperately tries to put out the flames.

Slavina was the editor-in-chief of Koza Press in Nizhny Novgorod, a news agency that published stories that angered the authorities.

47-year-old Koza Press editor-in-chief Irina Slavina set fire to herself near a statue of Russian police officers outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in Nizhny Novgorod

Slavina (pictured) is believed to have been questioned in connection with a police investigation by Open Russia

Slavina (pictured) is believed to have been questioned in connection with a police investigation by Open Russia

The married mother of one child had repeatedly been fined after previous disputes with officials.

She set fire to herself in front of the Interior Ministry headquarters in Nizhny Novgorod near a statue of Russian police officers.

The journalist lit the flames near a statue dedicated to Russian police officers.

Slavina is believed to have been questioned in connection with a police investigation by Open Russia, a pro-democracy organization founded by Vladimir Putin's exiled London critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formerly the richest man in Russia.

In June she was accused of spreading false news and she wrote, “Right now, I just want to die…. The mental pain from injustice is so severe that it is physically difficult. & # 39;

The final straw was a search of her home on Thursday.

She wrote, “They took what they found – all of the flash drives, my laptop, my daughter's laptop, the computer, the phones – not just mine, but my husband's as well, a few notebooks that I kept on while Scrawled press conferences.

"I was without a means of production."

Slavina said her husband was the one who opened the front door for the police.

A memorial was erected on the spot where Slavina set herself on fire. A picture of the journalist is sitting between flowers and candles

A memorial was erected on the spot where Slavina set herself on fire. A picture of the journalist is sitting between flowers and candles

Emergency services can be seen at the scene of the accident. They said a body was found that was deformed by fire

Emergency services can be seen at the accident site. They said a body was found that was deformed by fire

On Thursday, Slavina's home was searched by police, who took away her laptop and notebooks, as well as her husband and daughter's laptops

On Thursday, Slavina's home was searched by police, who took away her laptop and notebooks, as well as her husband and daughter's laptops

"I was naked," she said. I had to dress under the appearance of an unknown woman.

They were looking for the apartment.

“You didn't allow me to call the lawyer. They looked for brochures, leaflets and reports on Open Russia. & # 39;

Opposition politician Ilya Yushin accused the authorities of "psychologically breaking people" and said the current situation in Russia was a "nightmare".

"In recent years, security officials have subjected them to endless persecution for their opposition (activities)," said Dmitry Gudkov, another opposition figure.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said a fire-deformed body was found on the premises.

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