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Russian official arrested in beating of activist

Russian official arrested in beating of activist

Russian news reports says a court has approved the arrest of a local official suspected of ordering the beating of an environmental activist.
Environmentalist Konstantin Fetisov, who campaigned against a controversial road project in the Moscow suburb of Khimki, has remained hospitalized and unconscious since the November beating.
News agencies said the Khimki court Friday approved the arrest of Andrei Chernyshev, the head of the city's municipal property department, who was detained earlier this week. Three other suspects also have been detained.
A similar 2008 attack left reporter Mikhail Beketov brain-damaged and he lost a limb. Both led public protests against the construction of a highway and development projects in a forest at Khimki.


Updated : 2021-07-25 15:24 GMT+08:00