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Condition Of Beaten Kazakh Journalist Deteriorates

Bakhytzhan Nurpeisov in his hospital bed in Almaty
Bakhytzhan Nurpeisov in his hospital bed in Almaty
The medical condition of a Kazakh journalist who was seriously beaten by unknown assailants last week has deteriorated.

Bakhytzhan Nurpeisov, 19, who works for the independent newspaper "Public Opinion,” was attacked and severely beaten on February 5 near his apartment in Almaty.

His mother, Guldana Nurpeisova, said that doctors asked her to sign documents allowing them to perform brain surgery on her son. She says she signed them.

Neurosurgeon Zhanibek Zhanaydarov told RFE/RL that such surgery might be necessary due to complications caused by a possible brain hemorrhage.

Nurpeisov was hospitalized with a concussion, head wounds, and a fractured cheekbone.

His colleagues believe the attack was connected to his professional activities.

The attackers took Nurpeisov's tape recorder, camera, and media ID, but did not take his money.

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