Moscow, August 31
Moscow police opened a prison inquiry on Monday after anti-Kremlin opposition activist and political blogger Yegor Zhukov was crushed and left bloodied exterior his residence on the weekend.
The 22-year-old scholar, who was a number one determine in giant anti-government protests final 12 months, was taken to hospital late on Sunday after being assaulted by two individuals exterior his house in western Moscow, his allies mentioned on social media.
They printed footage of his bloodied face coated in bruises and gashes.
He was amongst greater than 1,000 individuals detained in Moscow in July 2019 in one of many greatest crackdowns on anti-Kremlin demonstrators lately. He and different protesters had taken to the streets to name free of charge elections.
A Russian court docket final 12 months discovered him responsible of inciting extremism on his YouTube channel and banned him from utilizing the Internet for 2 years, a transfer he decried as politically motivated.
The Moscow police drive mentioned it was searching for to determine and detain Zhukov’s assailants, who his allies mentioned had fled the scene of the assault on scooters. If convicted of assault, Zhukov’s attackers might resist two years in jail.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned he hoped Zhukov’s attackers could be discovered and punished.
Peter Stano, a spokesman for the European Commission, condemned the assault on Zhukov at a information briefing in Brussels.
“We wish him a speedy recovery and we expect that those responsible for this brutal and cowardly attack will be brought to justice as soon as possible,” mentioned Stano.
He mentioned it appeared to be a part of what he known as “a very negative trend on human rights in Russia” and assaults on individuals who expressed dissenting views.
Zhukov mentioned on Sunday that resulting from his Kremlin opposition actions he was expelled final week from the Moscow college the place he had been finding out.
Another Russian opposition activist, Alexei Navalny, stays in a medically induced coma in a German hospital after what his allies say was a poisoning. Reuters