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Khimki forest campaigner assaulted

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Another defender of the Khimki forest near Moscow, Konstantin Fetisov, was assaulted by unknown assailants with baseball bats outside his home on 4 November 2010. He was returning from the police station, where he was held for having taken part in a demonstration. Mr Fetisov, leader of the local chapter of the pro-business political party, Pravoe Delo, suffered a fractured skull and was taken to emergency care in the Khimki hospital. He is to be transferred to a hospital in Moscow.

Two years ago almost to the day, Mikhail Beketov, editor-in-in chief of the local opposition newspaper, Khimkinskaya Pravda, was savagely beaten and left to bleed in the snow outside his home. His fingers were bashed, and three later had to be amputated. He lost a leg. Mr Beketov sustained a head injury, multiple broken bones, and other injuries that doctors said could easily have been fatal. Mr Beketov is now in a wheelchair, his brain so damaged that he cannot utter a simple sentence.



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