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Russian Journalist 'Has No Idea' Who Attacked Him

Oleg Kashin (file photo)
Oleg Kashin (file photo)
MOSCOW -- The wife of severely beaten Russian journalist Oleg Kashin says he has no idea who might be behind the brutal attack on him, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Kashin, 30, a leading correspondent for the popular daily newspaper "Kommersant," was beaten by two unknown assailants on November 6.

The attack left him with two broken legs, skull damage, and mangled fingers. Kashin was connected to a life-support system until November 15.

Kashin spoke to investigators on November 17 for about 90 minutes. It was the first time doctors considered him strong enough to do so.

He told them the attack was connected to his reporting on the controversy over plans to build a highway through the Khimki forest near Moscow.

Kashin's wife, Yevgenia Milova, told RFE/RL today that his morale was high and he was ready to continue his journalistic activities. But his condition remains serious, and doctors are considering further surgery on one of his legs.

Milova added that Kashin has no idea who specifically might have been behind the attack on him.

President Dmitry Medvedev expressed hope this week that Kashin's attacker will be found very soon. Police have launched an investigation into the attack and classified it as attempted murder.