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Russian Journalist Who Wrote about Putin is Attacked


Russia -- Demonstrators near Moscow militia headquarters protest the attack on journalist Oleg Kashin, 07Nov2010

Russia -- Demonstrators near Moscow militia headquarters protest the attack on journalist Oleg Kashin, 07Nov2010

A veteran reporter who irritated Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with articles about his alleged relationship with a 27-year-old gymnast was beaten up Wednesday as he left his apartment in central Moscow, the Moscow Times reports.

Two unidentified men attacked Sergei Topol, 55, at about 10 a.m. outside 1 Kotelnicheskaya Naberezhnaya, the Stalin skyscraper where he lives, a police spokesman told Interfax.

Topol was hospitalized with a concussion and multiple bruises, the report said.

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