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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Defense Lawyer Beaten

MOSCOW () -- A prominent St. Petersburg defense lawyer, specializing in activities involving commercial concerns and a city mafia gang, has been severely beaten up at the entrance of his house, a police spokesman said Monday.

Igor Odushko said by phone that Semyon Kheyfets, 68, had been attacked on the way to his home by an unidentified man in the elevator of the entrance of his house in the west of St. Petersburg, at 11 P.M. Tuesday.

"Kheyfets was severely beaten up by a man who escaped after that," Odushko said. Odushko said although Kheyfets had been hospitalized with a severe head injury and three broken ribs, his life was not in danger.