Moscow Police Open Criminal Case After Anti-Kremlin Blogger Badly Beaten

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MOSCOW—Moscow police opened a felony inquiry on Monday after anti-Kremlin opposition activist and political blogger Yegor Zhukov was crushed and left bloodied outdoors his house on the weekend.

The 22-year-old scholar, who was a leading determine in giant anti-government protests final yr, was taken to hospital late on Sunday after being assaulted by two individuals outdoors his condominium in western Moscow, his allies stated on social media.

They revealed footage of his bloodied face coated in bruises and gashes.

He was amongst more than 1,000 individuals detained in Moscow in July 2019 in one of many largest crackdowns on anti-Kremlin demonstrators in recent times. He and different protesters had taken to the streets to name at no cost elections.

A Russian courtroom final yr found him guilty of inciting extremism on his YouTube channel and banned him from utilizing the Internet for 2 years, a move he decried as politically motivated.

The Moscow police pressure stated it was looking for to determine and detain Zhukov’s assailants, who his allies stated had fled the scene of the assault on scooters. If convicted of assault, Zhukov’s attackers might resist two years in jail.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated he hoped Zhukov’s attackers can be found and punished.

Peter Stano, a spokesman for the European Fee, condemned the assault on Zhukov at a information briefing in Brussels.

“We want him a speedy restoration and we anticipate that those answerable for this brutal and cowardly assault might be delivered to justice as quickly as potential,” stated Stano.

Opposition activist and political blogger Yegor Zhukov poses for a picture after he was assaulted by unknown people in Moscow
Opposition activist and political blogger Yegor Zhukov poses for a picture after he was assaulted by unknown individuals close to his condo in Moscow, on Aug. 30, 2020. (Zhukov’s Staff/Handout by way of Reuters)

He stated it appeared to be part of what he referred to as “a very damaging development on human rights in Russia” and assaults on people who expressed dissenting views.

Zhukov stated on Sunday that as a result of his Kremlin opposition activities he was expelled last week from the Moscow university where he had been learning.

One other Russian opposition activist, Alexei Navalny, remains in a medically induced coma in a German hospital after what his allies say was a poisoning.

By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Gabriela Baczynska