Four people stabbed in attack on Russian communist newspaper over refused Stalin article

At least 4 staff have been wounded after a person with a knife attacked the workplace of the regional Russian Communist Party’s newspaper in the southern metropolis of Stavropol, after his article on Joseph Stalin was refused.

The man arrived on the workplace of the native Russian Communist Party’s committee, which shared area with the occasion’s Rodina newspaper, the witnesses stated. He then requested to see the editor in-chief, and demanded publication of a Stalin article which he had introduced with him.

“As was he being told that the [editorial] board would look at it and make a decision, he took out a hunting knife and attacked the editor-in-chief,” regional lawmaker Viktor Lozovoy, who witnessed the attack, instructed media.

After stabbing the editor-in-chief in the face, the person attacked three members of the native Communist Party committee, who rushed to assist, and injured them. However, they managed to seize the attacker and detained him till police arrived. The 73-year-old man, who has a historical past of psychological sickness and was not too long ago reported lacking by his household, was detained.

The newspaper’s staff stated that the attacker had visited the editorial workplace a couple of instances to get his articles printed, however was unsuccessful. The attacker later instructed police that he deliberate to kill the editor-in-chief “for Stalin” and to “spark public outcry.”

Decades after his loss of life in 1953, Stalin stays highly-divisive determine in Russian society, with latest polls exhibiting an increase in reputation of the Soviet chief. Political analysts clarify this phenomenon as society’s angle to the legendary picture of the Soviet chief – an emblem of order and a champion of the oppressed – relatively than the precise historic determine of Stalin.

Rodina newspaper has been printed since 1994 by the Stavropol Communist Party Committee, which fastidiously preserves Soviet traditions and symbols.