Russian rights attorney attacked in Moscow

15th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Russian human rights attorney has lost vision in one of his eyes after coming under attack by unknown assailants outside his suburban Moscow home, the Memorial human rights group said Wednesday.

Yevgeny Bobrov was primarilly known for his work on behalf of the poor, particularly those deprived of housing, the rights centre said.

Bobrov initially refused treatment after Tuesday's incident but reported to hospital Wednesday after losing sight in one of his eyes, in which he developed heavy bruising.

The attorney was not robbed in the attack and the rights centre linked the incident to his work.

Russia's rights record has been under heavy international scrutiny amid a spate of unsolved attacks against reporters, advocates and other human rights officials both in Moscow and the predominantly Muslim regions of southern Russia.

Memorial member Natalya Estemirova was abducted from her home in Grozny, Chechnya, in July 2009, with her remains found a few days later on the side of a road in another unsolved attack.

© 2010 AFP

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