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Russian Editor Badly Beaten


Activists in a suburb of the Russian capital say a newspaper editor who has criticized local authorities has been severely beaten and may not survive.

A group called the Khimki Forest Defense Movement says Mikhail Beketov was hospitalized after a neighbor found him unconscious near his home in the Khimki district outside Moscow on November 13.

The state-run RIA-Novosti news agency cited a hospital official as saying his condition was extremely grave. The activist group said Beketov has often criticized Khimki authorities and has battled to protect forested areas.

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