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Mayor Of Russian Town Severely Beaten

A Communist Party poster in support of Shatura Mayor Valery Larionov
MOSCOW -- The mayor of the town of Shatura, near Moscow, was severely beaten by three assailants on March 25, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Mayor Valery Larionov, a member of the Communist Party, was hospitalized with head injuries after being beaten with metal rods. One of the assailants was arrested.

The Communist Party press service called the incident "political extremism."

Larionov, 61, was elected mayor of Shatura on March 14, defeating a candidate from the ruling United Russia party.