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Russian Activist Stabbed After Pro-Ukraine Rally

A civic activist and blogger in Russia's Mari El Republic has been stabbed after staging a pro-Ukraine rally.

Yevgeny Pirogov, who is currently in hospital, said on May 13 that he was attacked late in the night on May 9.

He said three young men stabbed him near his house when he was returning home from Victory Day celebrations in Mari El's capital, Yoshkar-Ola.

The assailants attacked Pirogov a day after he and his associate marched across the city with Ukraine’s national flag calling for peace in Ukraine.

They also distributed leaflets against war in Ukraine.

An RFE/RL correspondent reports from Yoshkar-Ola that three public actions against war in Ukraine have been held in the city in recent days.

With reporting by

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