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Opposition Journalist In Russia's Buryatia Attacked

ULAN-UDE, Russia -- The chief editor of the opposition website Asia-Russia Today has been severely beaten by unknown attackers.

The assault on Yevgeny Khamaganov took place late on July 12 in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the republic of Buryatia, in southeastern Siberia.

A member of the Buryat National Movement for Democracy and Freedom, Dorzho Dugarov, said on July 13 that Khamaganov, an ethnic Buryat, had been hospitalized with a broken neck.

Dugarov said the attack was politically motivated and that it followed numerous threats against the chief editor.

Khamaganov, a member of the opposition Yabloko party, is well-known for his articles criticizing policies of the federal government and President Vladimir Putin.

Mongol-speaking Buryats make-up less than a half of Buryatia’s population of some 1 million people.