A Russian politician says he has been badly beaten after publicizing the funerals of two soldiers who may have died while fighting in Ukraine.
Lev Shlosberg, a newspaper publisher who represents the liberal opposition Yabloko party in the regional assembly in the northwestern city of Pskov, said he was attacked late on August 29 near his home.
"They attacked me from behind, I did not see any of them," Shlosberg told media from his hospital ward on August 30.
Shlosberg's paper published the investigation into the funerals of two Pskov-based paratroopers last week.
The report added to a trail of evidence suggesting that Russian soldiers have been killed in eastern Ukraine, contradicting denials by Moscow that it is lending military support to separatist rebels there.