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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Playboy Editor Shot

The editor of the Russian version of Playboy magazine, Maxim Maslakov, was shot and wounded Wednesday night by an unknown attacker in the parking lot in front of the magazine's offices in northern Moscow.

Maslakov was shot in the lower back at short range as he and two other Playboy employees were approaching his black Mercedes in a dark parking lot on Vyborgskaya Ulitsa at about 9 p.m.

The medics said he was shot with buckshot and no vital organs were damaged. Maslakov was taken to Hospital No. 15 and was expected to remain there for at least a few days. He has been Playboy's editor for a year and a half.

The motive for the attack and the identity of the gunman were not immediately known. Police who arrived shortly after the attack found at least one shell near the car.

According to one of the witnesses, Playboy department editor Artyom Lipatov, the assailant said nothing before firing and he aimed below the waist. He is believed to have fled in a car waiting nearby.

The Russian version of Playboy is published by Independent Media, the parent company of The Moscow Times. In addition to Playboy, Independent Media publishes a range of Russian versions of glossy magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Men's Health and Good Housekeeping, and its own magazines. The Vedomosti daily is published in cooperation with The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

Maslakov is the second employee of Independent Media to be attacked this year. A Vedomosti deputy editor, Vladislav Maximov, was stabbed and seriously injured outside the Dynamo metro station on Jan. 24. He remains hospitalized. The motive for the attack was not clear.