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Russian Investigator Threatened Reporter, Novaya Gazeta Says

Russia’s chief investigator threatened the life of the deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, according to an open letter published today in the newspaper.

Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Russian Investigative Committee, made the threat in person after ordering Sergei Sokolov to be taken to a wood outside Moscow on June 4, according to the letter, which was addressed to him. The committee’s press service declined to comment.