A Russian news editor has died after setting herself on fire in front of an interior ministry office in the city of Nizhniy Novgorod.
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.
On Thursday 1st October, 2020 Slavina said her flat was searched by the police as they looked for items linking her to a pro-democracy movement called Open Russia. The search lead to the confiscation of her Computers and data.
Footage supposed to have been the last moments of the journalist, has emerged on the internet apparently showing the moment she set herself on fire on a bench in Gorky Street, where the interior ministry in Nizhny Novgorod is situated.
In the video, a man is seen running to a woman to help extinguish 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.
Russia’s Investigative Committee confirmed that Irina Slavina, who leaves behind a husband and daughter, had died but denied any connection to a search of the journalist’s flat.
Irina Slavina was editor-in-chief of the small Koza Press news website. Its motto is “news and analytics” and “no censorship”. Its website went down on Friday, as news of her death was confirmed.