A reporter for a major Russian newspaper has been badly beaten in a brutal attack that prosecutors say may have been linked to his journalistic work.

Prosecutors say 30—year—old Oleg Kashin was attacked by two men as he returned to his home in central Moscow early Saturday. He suffered a concussion and numerous broken bones, and remains hospitalized in an artificial coma.

His editor at the newspaper Kommersant, Mikhail Mikhailin, says the fact that the attackers did not rob Kashin and made a point of smashing his fingers further points to it being retaliation for his reporting work.

Kashin often wrote about social protests and politics.

Many journalists have been attacked or killed in Russia in recent years. Few of the perpetrators have ever been found.

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