A renowned culture writer in Russia was found stabbed to death in his apartment in St. Petersburg, BBC reported Friday.
The potential murder case adds to the body count in Russia, one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, according to media advocates.
Dmitry Tsilikin, 54, was found late Thursday evening after friends and family said he went missing. His body had multiple knife wounds and his phone and computer were missing from his apartment, prompting police to open a homicide investigation.
The Russian Investigative Committee said it had not ruled out “murder committed on domestic grounds.” No potential suspects have been identified.
Tsilikin was a popular culture and arts critic who appeared on TV, radio and in print outlets such as Kommersant, Vogue and Elle. He may have been dead in his apartment for at least two days before the body was found.
“This is a great tragedy for the entire journalistic community, because he was a very well-known, great journalist who wrote on culture and art,” St. Petersburg Union of Journalists chairwoman Lyudmila Fomichev said, International Business Times reported.
Russia ranks 180 out of 199 countries for press freedom, the international watchdog Freedom House has found. At least 34 journalists have been killed in Russia since Russian President Vladimir Putin took power in 2000.
The Committee to Protect Journalists calls Russia “one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists,” and counts 36 journalists killed in Russia since 1992.
It is worth noting that Tsilikin is known for his opposing views of Putin’s policy.