Two unidentified assailants attacked Rogozhin, 38, as he was leaving an elevator at his apartment building around 6 p.m. Thursday, repeatedly striking him in the head with heavy objects, Vzglyad said. The assailants left the journalist barely conscious by his door, but did not rob him. After crawling into his apartment and calling an ambulance, Rogozhin was hospitalized with a fractured skull and multiple head lacerations, the business daily Kommersant said. The journalist has been unconscious since undergoing several operations over the weekend, the independent news Web site Newsru said.
appalled by this vicious attack on our colleague Vadim Rogozhin, who is known
for critical reporting," said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator
Over the past several years, Rogozhin worked as a journalist for a number of local and national media outlets. Prior to his promotion in January to managing director of Vzglyad--a Saratov company that includes the newspaper Saratovsky Vzglyad, the information agency Vzglyad-Info, and the Internet television channel TV Saratov-Videonovosti--Rogozhin edited and reported for Saratovsky Vzglyad on corruption in the regional government, police, judiciary, and security services, Kommersant said. After Rogozhin assumed his managerial position two months ago, he continued to influence Vzglyad's editorial content, his colleagues told CPJ. "It is obvious that this attack was related to his professional activity," Vzglyad-Info Editor-in-Chief Nikolai Lykov told Kommersant.