In the city of Zhukovski, near Moscow, Igor Savin, the editor of the local newspaper Sovremennik (The Contemporary) yesterday attempted to commit self-immolation. He has recently been dismissed from his post which may have triggered the action. Mr. Savin is said to have come out to the street, poured on himself a combustible and set himself on fire. Passers-by tried to put out the flame, but it took time. As a result, the journalist received serious burns and was hospitalized. His health condition is reported to be very serious, since up to 80% of his skin is affected.

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