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Russian investigators have raided the Moscow apartment of prominent Russian gay-rights activist Nikolai Alekseyev.

Alekseyev reported the August 27 raid on Twitter.

Prosecutors have launched a criminal probe against Alekseyev for allegedly insulting two senior female members of parliament while commenting on controversial Russian antigay legislation.

The head of the State Duma Committee for Women, Families, and Children, Yelena Mizulina, and her deputy, Olga Batalina, claim Alekseyev repeatedly insulted them on the Internet by using obscenities.

Mizulina was one of the key sponsors of the law banning homosexual "propaganda" denounced by rights activist in Russia and abroad.

She says prosecutors have been asked to open a criminal case regarding the possible charge of insulting a state authority official -- an offense that could carry a fine of up to 40,000 rubles (over $1,000).

Based on reporting by and
Journalist Igor Larra was severely beaten by unknown attackers.
Police in Kazakhstan say a man suspected of attacking a journalist in the northwestern city of Aqtobe has been apprehended.

In a statement, Aqtobe police officials said the suspect had confessed to beating and robbing the correspondent with the independent "Svoboda Slova" (Freedom of Speech) newspaper.

Igor Larra said four men attacked him with a metal rod on August 20.

Larra sustained wounds to his scalp and lost consciousness after the attack.

According to police, Larra's mobile phone was found in the suspect's possession.

Police denied Larra's statement that he had received no medical assistance, adding that doctors reported that Larra was intoxicated.

The police said Larra did not mention in his original report that the attackers had hit him with a metal rod, as he said later.

Larra said that his wallet was not taken during the incident. He said he believed that the assault was connected to his journalistic work.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Kazakh officials to thoroughly investigate the attack.

In a statement, HRW said police were slow in responding and in ordering a medical examination of Igor Larra.

In 2010, Larra was severely beaten by unknown individuals after he covered an oil workers' strike in western Kazakhstan.

With reporting by Interfax and adilsoz

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