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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Editor Attacked

MOSCOW -- Unknown assailants attacked and seriously wounded the editor of an independent newspaper in central Russia, Itar-Tass reported Tuesday.

Sergei Bachinin, editor of the Vyatsky Nablyudatel, or the Vyatka Observer, was hospitalized after sustaining skull and brain injuries Monday night in Kirov, 900 kilometers east of Moscow, Itar-Tass reported.

Bachinin is known as an independent journalist critical of local and regional officials. In a 1996 election, he was the main opponent of the present mayor.