Russian reporter 'staged his beating': police

10th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Moscow area reporter who claimed to have been badly beaten after writing about a disputed forest staged the attack and may be charged for filing a false police report, officials said Wednesday.

Anatoly Adamchuk, who writes for the Zhukovskie Vesti newspaper in the Zhukovsky area of southeastern Moscow, reported being beaten early Monday, shortly after writing about a forest that officials want torn down in favour of a highway.

"The attack was initiated and orchestrated by the accusing party," an undisclosed official with the chief interior ministry administration told the ITAR-TASS news agency.

The unnamed official said Adamchuk paid 1,000 rubles (about 33 dollars) to instigate the attack.

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