2 German Architects Beaten and Robbed

Two German architects were beaten and robbed while returning home in southern Moscow, police and colleagues said Monday.

Werner Redeleit and Moriz Maedebach were attacked by three unidentified assailants at around 2 a.m. Friday morning on Ulitsa Musy Dzhalilya, near the Krasnogvardeiskaya metro station, said Natalya Maltseva, a spokeswoman for the city police's southern district branch.

The attackers stole three cell phones, a camera and 200 rubles, Maltseva said. Redeleit, 59, and Maedebach, 28, were returning home from work and were assaulted after exiting a taxi, she added.

Redeleit, a founding partner of the architecture firm Maedebach, Redeleit and Partner, suffered head injuries in the attack and remained hospitalized Monday, a source in the company said by telephone from Berlin. Maedebach suffered minor leg injuries, the source said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media. Maedebach, the son of the firm's other founding partner, Mario Maedebach, is working at another architecture firm in Moscow, the source said.

Maedebach, Redeleit and Partner -- a German company -- has offices in Berlin and Dresden and is involved in the construction of a department store on Tsvetnoi Bulvar, the source said.

A German Embassy spokesman said he could not comment on the details of the incident.