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Independent Kazakh Journalist Reports Attack Against Her


Kazakh journalist Irina Mednikova (file photo)

An independent Kazakh journalist says she has been attacked and robbed by an unknown assailant in the country's largest city, Almaty.

Irina Mednikova wrote on Facebook on October 13 that a man had attacked her near her apartment block in the evening of October 12.

The assailant dragged her for several meters to a parked car, hit her against the vehicle, and grabbed her bag before running away, Mednikova said.

Mednikova, who is also the director of the independent Youth Information Service of Kazakhstan, says documents related to the organization of a media conference in the western city of Atyrau were taken away with her bag.

Almaty city police spokeswoman Saltanat Azirbek told RFE/RL that investigations into "robbery" had been launched.

Mednikova insists the attack was linked to her professional activities.

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