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Beaten Russian Journalist Undergoes Another Surgery

"Daily Kommersant" political correspondent Oleg Kashin (file photo)

"Daily Kommersant" political correspondent Oleg Kashin (file photo)

MOSCOW -- Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who was severely beaten earlier this month, has undergone further surgery, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Oleg Varnavin, a physician at Moscow's Hospital No. 36, told journalists the November 23 operation on Kashin's right leg was successful.

Kashin, 30, a correspondent for the popular daily newspaper "Kommersant," was beaten by two unknown assailants on November 6. The attack left him with broken legs, skull damage, and fractured hands.

He has been operated on several times, and was kept in an induced coma until November 15.

Doctors say Kashin could be released from the hospital in two or three weeks.

Last week Kashin was able to talk to investigators for the first time since the beating. He has said he does not know who attacked him but thinks the beating was connected to his coverage of environmental activists' efforts to prevent the felling of trees at the Khimki forest, where officials have planned to build a new Moscow-St. Petersburg highway.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said last week he hopes Kashin's attackers will be found soon. Police have launched an investigation into the attack and classified it as attempted murder.

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