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Producer At Russia's Dozhd TV Attacked Ahead of Election

The chief producer at independent Russian TV channel Dozhd (Rain) has been attacked, beaten, and robbed.

The internet and cable TV company says two unidentified men attacked Ksenia Batanova, who is also an anchor, near her apartment building in Moscow on September 12.

Dozhd says Batanova lost consciousness after several blows to the face and was hospitalized with a facial bone fracture and a concussion.

The attack came two days before Batanova, who is on a local election commission, was to work at a polling place during elections to the Moscow City Duma on September 14.

The attackers stole her mobile phone and earrings.

Moscow police said on September 15 that an investigation had been opened on suspicion of robbery.

Dozhd is often a platform for criticism of the Kremlin.

Based on reporting by, Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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