Russian journalist Mikhail Beketov, the former editor of the independent newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda, died of heart failure in a Moscow hospital Monday after choking on food. In November 2008, Beketov had been brutally beaten and left out in the cold to die, losing three fingers and part of his leg and suffering brain damage. The IFJ and the European Federation of Journalists say "Mr Beketov's death this week was a direct consequence" of the injuries he sustained in that assault. "I am deeply saddened, but also angry to hear of the death of Mikhail Beketov. Our thoughts go out to his family and we will remember him when working for his colleagues who still suffer from such threats and impunity daily," said EFJ President Arne König.