Russian Journalist Attacked With Iron Bar Regains Consciousness

(GUARDIAN)

Oleg Kashin, the Russian journalist who was beaten almost to death by assailants wielding an iron bar, today regained consciousness after almost a week in an induced coma.

His wife, Yevgeniya Milova, said: ""I was able to see him for a few moments. I told him that I loved him, that everybody was supporting him. He couldn't speak, but he smiled and he squeezed my hand.""

Kashin, a 30-year-old reporter with the influential Kommersant daily, was attacked early on Saturday by two men who waited for him outside the central Moscow block of flats where he lives.

CCTV footage leaked to the media showed two men approaching Kashin, one carrying a bunch of flowers, before knocking him to the ground. One man propped up his shoulders as the other took a metal bar from the bouquet and hit him for 90 seconds.

The men fled, leaving Kashin with a smashed jaw, a broken leg and a fractured skull.

The attack has added to the fear felt by many in the Russian media.