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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Assailant Opens Fire

MOSCOW -- An unknown assailant opened fire at a car carrying a former candidate in Russia's 1996 presidential race, lightly wounding his driver, police said Wednesday.

One-time presidential hopeful Martin Shakkum escaped unharmed, police said. The attack occurred late Tuesday evening near the village of Glukhovo outside Moscow, officials said, according to ITAR-Tass.

Shakkum, an obscure technocrat who barely registered in the polls during the 1996 election, leads the little-known Reform think tank and heads the small Russian Socialist Party.