On June 29, 2009, Yaroshenko, editor-in-chief of the Rostov-on-Don newspaper Korruptsiya i Prestupnost, died of head injuries he received in an April 30 attack, in which he was found unconscious with a head wound in the entrance to his apartment building early in the morning. He was hospitalized with skull and brain trauma, underwent surgery, and spent five days in a coma, his deputy, Sergei Sleptsov, told CPJ at the time.
Sleptsov told Russian news outlets in June that he believed
Yaroshenko was attacked in retaliation for the newspaper’s work. Korruptsiya i Prestupnost, an
independent paper whose title translates to “Corruption and Crime,” had
reported on corruption allegations involving