Kashin at a Saint Petersburg library, 2014
Олег Владимирович Кашин
Oleg Vladimirovich Kashin
June 17, 1980
Kashin graduated from the Baltic State Fishing Fleet Academy with a degree in sea navigation in 2001. While studying, he wrote for Komsomolskaya Pravda in Kaliningrad where he expressed rather sharp views. He continued to work for that newspaper up to 2003, specializing on exclusive interviews and special reports, then moved to Moscow and started working as a journalist for Komsomolskaya Pravda in Moscow. After a while he left the newspaper, became a staff writer at Kommersant and became the leading Russian journalist covering youth political movements, ranging broadly from NBP to Nashi. He left Kommersant in June 2005, dissatisfied with the dismissal of the director-general Andrei Vassiliev.
On November 6, 2010, Kashin was assaulted by unknown attackers near his home in Moscow. He was hospitalized with broken jaw, fractured skull, broken leg and broken fingers, one of which later had to be amputated. Police are treating the attack as attempted murder. President Medvedev has said that the assailants "must be found and punished". Prior to the attack Kashin had been reporting on the proposal to build a highway through the Khimki Forest near Moscow. His reporting covering youth political movements and political protests had also prompted aggressive responses from many pro-Kremlin groups, including the Young Guard of United Russia, a youth group associated with the United Russia political party, chaired by Vladimir Putin. This attack is one of the subjects of the 2012 documentary Putin's Kiss.
In 2015 Kashin got acquainted with the materials of the investigation, including the testimony of the suspects, and accused Andrey Turchak of ordering the crime. This was done as a revenge for a blog post, which Turchak, then a Pskov Governor, commented on with the words "You have 24 hours to apologize. Time has gone." No charges were officially filed against Turchak. In 2017, he was appointed deputy chairman of the State Duma, and Putin awarded him with the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", 2nd degree. On 27 November 2018 a full video of the interrogation of the alleged perpetrator was published, in which he said that the attack was organized by the co-owner of the "Mechanical Plant" company Alexander Gorbunov, and the customer was Turchak, who personally hurried the performers and personally demanded to break Kashin’s legs and arms so that he could not write.
Considering the widely publicized case of Andrey Sychev, in which a young conscript lost his legs and genitalia after brutal beating by other servicemen, Oleg Kashin claimed that the case was fabricated by Committee of Soldiers Mothers: "The only proven episode... is that Sychev squatted for a while in front of now imprisoned junior sergeant Sivyakov.... All the other stuff was thought up by the chairman of Chelyabinsk Committee of Soldiers Mothers Lydmila Zinchenko, who, after giving a dozen of interviews to liberal media now cowardly conceals from investigators."
In 2014, Kashin openly supported the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, calling it a restoration of historical justice He has been covering the 2014 events in Crimea and the War in Donbass for the influential Russian nationalist publication Sputnik i Pogrom.
References and notes
- Interview with Oleg Kashin Archived 2007-05-13 at the Wayback Machine, for Sreda.Org (in Russian).
- "Охьел Опюбдс". RuLife.ru. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
- Russian Wikipedia article on Kashin
- Journalist severely beaten in Moscow, RIA Novosti, November 6, 2010.
- Luhn, Alec. "Oleg Kashin: 'Men who nearly killed me charged but not their paymaster'". The Guardian (7 September 2015). Retrieved 29 November 2018.
- В Москве жестоко избит журналист "Коммерсанта", Lenta.ru, November 6, 2010.
- Leading Russian reporter Oleg Kashin attacked in Moscow BBC
- Russian Journalist Beaten in Moscow
- Кашин сообщил, что «с концами» вернулся в Россию «Гордон», 10.06.2015
- Roth, Andrew (18 September 2015). "Journalist Oleg Kashin knows who tried to kill him". The Washigton Post. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
- "Official Allegedly Linked To Attack On Journalist Gets High-Level Post In Russian Parliament". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
- ""Турчак сказал: побыстрей" – допрос исполнителя покушения на Кашина" (in Russian). Радио Свобода. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
- Lie in the case of private Sychev, Oleg Kashin, magazine "Vzglyad", February 2006.
- Кашин: Крым, конечно же, наш. Он всегда был несправедливой потерей [Kashin: Crimea is, of course, Russian. It has always been an unjust loss].
- Russia Has Always Thought of Eastern Ukraine as Russian Land BY OLEG KASHIN - March 2, 2014
- Олег Кашин: Репортаж из захваченного здания Донецкой обладминистрации (текст, фото, видео) [Oleg Kashin: Report from the captured building of the Regional Administration of Donetsk, 9 April 2014]
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