Sunday, April 02, 2006

Culture Minister Attacked by Skinheads

From RIAN:
MOSCOW, April 2 (RIA Novosti) - A lawyer of the culture minister of Russia's North Caucasus republic beaten up in Moscow Saturday night said Sunday that his client had been attacked by skinheads.

"Witnesses saw the fight and heard the attackers shout: 'Russia is for Russians!" Ruslan Koblev said.

Zaur Tutov, culture minister of Kabardino-Balkaria and a famous singer, said he had been attacked by some 15 men when he was picking up his daughter from a folk dance class Saturday night.

The attackers also beat the children who had been taking part in the dance performance, which was to celebrate the minister's 55th birthday.

RFE/RL has a report here.

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