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Analyst beaten in alleged political attack in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan Materials 10 December 2009 14:32 (UTC +04:00)
Assailants have beaten a Russian political analyst in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek in what he claims was a politically motivated attack, the interior ministry's press service said.
Analyst beaten in alleged political attack in Kyrgyzstan

Assailants have beaten a Russian political analyst in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek in what he claims was a politically motivated attack, the interior ministry's press service said.

The attackers delivered several kidney punches and caused a head injury to Alexander Knyazev, head of the regional branch of the Moscow-based CIS Institute think tank. They also took his bag and laptop.

"The attack took place at about 19:30 local time [13:30 GMT] on Wednesday, near the victim's house. According to preliminary data, there were four attackers," the press service said.

Knyazev told RIA Novosti by phone that, in his opinion, the attack was politically motivated, as he often criticized Kygryz authorities. A year ago the analyst was attacked under similar circumstances.

His colleague, Andrei Grozin, said the attackers allegedly told Knyazev the attack was due to his "meddling in politics."

"This entails certain conclusions, but, I repeat, the matter should be investigated by relevant authorities," Grozin said.

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