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Russian ‘Playboy’ Editor Shot

March 15, 2001

MOSCOW (AP) _ The editor of the Russian edition of Playboy was shot and seriously wounded in an attack near his office, the magazine’s parent company said Thursday.

Maxim Maslakov was shot in the lower back by an unknown attacker at about 10 p.m. Wednesday outside the magazine’s offices in northwest Moscow, said Yelena Myasnikova, a director of Independent Media, which publishes Playboy in Russia.

She said company officials did not know what the motive was or whether the attack was actually meant for Maslakov, who worked at a chain of boutiques before becoming Playboy’s editor about a year ago.

Attacks on journalists are frequent in Russia. The Paris-based World Association of Newspapers has called Russia the world’s second most dangerous country for journalists, following Colombia, and says six journalists were killed last year in Russia.

Wednesday’s attack was the second this year on a journalist from Independent Media, which publishes glossy magazines, the English-language newspaper The Moscow Times and the business daily Vedomosti. In January, a Vedomosti reporter was stabbed nine times but survived. Myasnikova said she doubted the two attacks were related.

Maslakov was in serious but not life-threatening condition after losing a large amount of blood from the injury, Myasnikova said.

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