Mr Muratov was in a train compartment when he was doused with the paint “laced with” the chemical acetone, an English version of the Russian outlet Meduza has reported.
English-language Meduza managing editor, Kevin Rothrock, said: “Aboard a train to Samara, somebody attacked Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov with red paint laced with the solvent acetone.”
Mr Rothrock claimed the attackers yelled: “This is for our boys!”
In a statement on the Novaya Gazeta website, Mr Moratov added: “They poured oil paint with acetone in the compartment.
“Eyes burn terribly. Train Moscow-Samara.
“Oily smell all over the car. Departure has already been delayed by 30 minutes.
“I’ll try to wash off. He shouted: ‘Muratov, here’s to you for our boys.'”
Mr Muratov said on March 22 that he would auction off his Nobel Peace Prize to raise money for Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict.
Muratov’s paper, Novaya Gazeta, is often seen as a dissenting voice to the Kremlin, and announced shortly after the invasion of Ukraine that it would stop publishing until the end fo the war.
This followed numerous warnings from the Russian press regulator, which has forced the outlet to remove content on occasion.
They announced in February: “We are suspending the publication of the newspaper on our website, social media networks and in print until the end of the ‘special operation on Ukraine’s territory’.”
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