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Kremlin calls attack on Russian opposition politician ‘hooliganism’

February 10, 13:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"An attack on any person, not only on a protected one, should be of course considered as unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters
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Leader of Russia’s Parnas party Mikhail Kasyanov (center)

Leader of Russia’s Parnas party Mikhail Kasyanov (center)

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MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has called the attack on Russian opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov in a Moscow restaurant an unacceptable act of hooliganism.

Media reports said a group of unknown men attacked the politician in a restaurant in downtown Moscow on late Tuesday and threw a cake at him, shouting threats. Kasyanov later filed a police complaint asking to bring the attackers to justice.

Moscow police have not commented to TASS on the reports.

"An attack on any person, not only on a protected one, should be of course considered as unacceptable," Peskov told reporters.

"This is an act of hooliganism that of course needs to be condemned," he said.

The presidential spokesman said it is up to the Federal Protective Service (FSO) to answer the other questions.

Peskov also said he does not agree that the lack of the presidential administration’s reaction to a video featuring Kasyanov recently posted by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in his microblog could have led to such an incident.

On February 1, Kadyrov published on his Instagram page a video clip featuring Parnas party leader Kasyanov and deputy party chairman, journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza junior. A "sniper sight" visual filter was used in the video.

The post was followed by the words "Kasyanov comes to Strasbourg to get money for Russian opposition. Who has not understood will understand." Kasyanov and Kara-Murza Jr. later asked the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) to launch criminal proceedings against Kadyrov for the posted video clip.

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