Far Eastern Fishing Official Wounded in Attack

An unidentified assailant Monday shot and wounded the deputy governor of the Far Eastern Primorye region who oversaw the region's murky fishing industry.

Sergei Sopchuk was shot as he was walking from the entrance of his apartment building to his car at around 8 a.m. in Vladivostok, local police said, Interfax reported.

Sopchuk was hit in the arm and shoulder and was rushed to the hospital, where he remained in stable condition Monday afternoon, Interfax said.

Witnesses said a man dressed in camouflage fired the shots from a Makarov pistol equipped with a silencer, Itar-Tass reported.

The assailant remained at large Monday. Authorities have not speculated on possible motives for the attack.

Part of Sopchuk's mandate as deputy governor is to oversee the fishing industry, Itar-Tass reported.

Vladivostok has been plagued by criminal disputes linked to widespread poaching that have often ended in shootings, bombings and disappearances.

n The former head of the presidential administration of North Ossetia has been shot and wounded in Vladikavkaz, Interfax reported Monday.

Sergei Takoyev was shot by unidentified assailants in central Vladikavkaz after exiting his car to buy a newspaper, Interfax said. He remained hospitalized Monday but was in stable condition.