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Poland Regrets Attack On Russian Teenagers

1 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Poland today expressed its regret over the beating of Russian diplomats' children --> /featuresarticle/2005/08/fba8d1a8-ca40-46f5-82bc-8f08ecd24833.html by skinheads in a Warsaw park.

In comments carried by Poland's PAP news agency, a Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman described the attack as an "act of banditry and hooliganism" that had no political undertones.

The three teenagers, along with a Kazakh friend, were beaten on 31 July by a group of skinheads reportedly yelling anti-Russian slogans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned the incident at a cabinet meeting today, calling the attack "an unfriendly act which can only be qualified as a crime."