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Rodina Party Official Beaten In Volgograd

Rodina leader Rogozin has complained to the prosecutor-general's office (file photo) (RFE/RL) 13 February 2006 -- A local leader of Russia's nationalist Rodina (Motherland) party has been hospitalized after he was beaten up in the city of Volgograd.

Russian news agencies say three men armed with bats and hammers attacked Dmitry Kolomytsev as he was returning home with his wife on 12 February. Kolomytsev sustained serious head injuries and had to be taken to hospital.

Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the incident on charges of hooliganism. Prosecutor Mikhail Murzayev said it was premature to speak of a direct link between the attack and Kolomytsev's political activities.

Rodina party leader Dmitry Rogozin said he believed the attack was politically motivated. He said he had complained to Russian Prosecutor-General Vladimir Ustinov about the incident.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

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