A blogger and radio host who opposes Russian ruler Vladimir Putin has been beaten near his house, reports claim.
Russian news agency Interfax reports Yegor Zhukov is feared to have suffered a “traumatic brain injury” after being attacked last night.
The latest incident follows news last week that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned on a flight. He was taken ill on his way to Moscow and left screaming in pain as the pilot made an emergency landing in Siberia, before being transferred in a coma to Berlin.
Putin is determined to silence his critics, Russian dissident Bill Browder claimed.
It is said that two unknown attackers were hiding on scooters and beat Zhukov near his house, claims the telegram channel of his supporters, known as Team Zhukov.
His press secretary told Interfax: “At the moment, Yegor is being examined at the 67th hospital. The diagnosis has not yet been determined. Preliminary: concussion and traumatic brain injury.”
A badly beaten Zhukov is seen in pictures posted on the channel.
Zhukov said in a statement: “I have not suffered property damage, but my face is broken, I feel very bad.”
Earlier on Sunday, Zhukov had posted a video on YouTube claiming he was expelled from a master’s degree programme suddenly due to his opposition activities.
Zhukov, 22, is a presenter on radio station Echo of Moscow and this is the second attack on him since he became known for opposition activities and protests against Russian corruption.
In July 24, he was attacked by two unknown attackers but he managed to hide and was not seriously hurt.
His supporters posted pictures of his injuries on Instagram –
Editor-in-chief of the radio station, Alexei Venediktov, said doctors recommended hospitalising Zhukov.
Zhukov was previously arrested over the 2019 mass protests in Moscow and accused of calling for extremist activity.
The Moscow case refers to criminal cases against activists who protested corrupt elections in Russia and Zhukov is said to be involved in the movement.
He was arrested in August of that year and harged with rioting during an unauthorized protest in Moscow.
Alexei Navalny was likely “poisoned” by a nerve agent from the same family as Novichok.
These killer substances cause violent muscle spasms, twitching, breathing difficulty, convulsions and possible death.
Berlin doctors have said early examination of the 44 year-old campaigner showed he was likely poisoned.
Members of Putin’s GRU intelligence agency were behind the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in 2018, using Novichok.
They daubed the nerve agent on the handle of the former GRU double agent’s door handle at his home in Salisbury.
The pair, a police officer and two others were made desperately ill and local woman Dawn Sturgess died from Novichok poisoning after her boyfriend found a perfume bottle containing the poison.