Yegor Zhukov: Leading Russian opposition blogger beaten up

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Yegor Zhukov is a outstanding critic of President Putin

A outstanding opposition blogger in Russia, Yegor Zhukov, has been crushed up in Moscow and brought to medical institution for remedy.

Police have introduced a prison investigation into the attack.

His supporters posted a photograph on Fb of his bloodied and swollen face. The assault came about close to his house on Sunday night time, they stated.

In December Zhukov, 22, was once given a three-year suspended prison time period for “inciting extremism”.

A police remark quoted through Interfax information company stated Zhukov had instructed investigators that “two unidentified males had attacked him on Rashchupkin Side road and injured him”.

Zhukov is now additionally a political commentator on Russian radio. He was once arrested remaining August right through protests in opposition to the exclusion of impartial and opposition applicants from Moscow council elections.

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Previous on Sunday, Zhukov stated on his YouTube channel that he were rejected for a grasp’s route on cinema at Moscow’s prestigious Upper College of Economics, after to start with being accredited for it. He related that rejection to this political job.

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Media captionYegor Zhukov amongst supporters out of doors a Moscow courtroom

German fear over Navalny

In Berlin, Russia’s most renowned campaigner in opposition to President Vladimir Putin, the blogger Alexei Navalny, stays in in depth care in an precipitated coma, affected by suspected nerve agent poisoning.

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Germany has known as on Russia to do extra to explain the suspected poisoning. Mr Navalny was once flown out of Russia 9 days in the past. On Friday the medical institution stated he was once in a major however solid situation.

His supporters imagine he was once poisoned through a cup of tea he drank at an airport in Tomsk in Siberia, earlier than boarding a flight.

Commenting on family members with Russia, Germany’s International Minister Heiko Maas stated they had been below “darkish clouds”.

“Sanctions stay in position, and can for so long as the foundation for them does no longer exchange. And these days there also are some darkish clouds and naturally we think Russia to give a contribution extra to the rationalization of the Navalny case than it these days is.”

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