23 Oct 2017 17:01

Journalist Felgengauer's attacker says deed prompted by 'telepathic harassment'

MOSCOW. Oct 23 (Interfax) - The individual who attacked Tatyana Felgengauer, the Ekho Moskvy radio station's deputy editor-in-chief, has failed to provide a rational explanation for his actions, providing confusing testimony.

"[I was] compelled [to attack the journalist] because she harassed me for two months," the attacker said in a video, which was posted on the radio station's Telegram account.

He said he has been "in telepathic contact with the journalist" for about five years. "Telepathic contact has been ongoing since 2012," he said.

The journalist "harassed me using a telepathic connection every night," the man said.

The attack on Felgengauer was carried out at the Ekho Moskvy radio station's office on Monday afternoon. An unidentified individual broke into the editorial office and stabbed the journalist in the neck. She was hospitalized in grave condition. The attacker was detained.

The press service for the Moscow police department's main directorate told Interfax that, according to tentative information, the attacker is a foreign citizen and he was motivated by personal enmity. According to an informed source, the man's name is Boris Grits and he recently lived in Israel.

Investigators are planning to seek the attacker's arrest in court on Tuesday.