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Russia’s Federal Protective Service says it's not obliged to protect ex-PM

February 10, 17:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier in the day, the Kremlin spokesman told reporters in comments to the incident that "an attack on any person, not only on a protected one, should be of course considered as unacceptable"
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Mikhail Kasyanov, former Russian prime minister turned opposition politician

Mikhail Kasyanov, former Russian prime minister turned opposition politician

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MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Protective Service (FSO) is not tasked with protecting former Russian prime minister turned opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov who has been hit with cake in Moscow, an official spokesman for the agency, Sergey Devyatov, has said.

"Indeed, Kasyanov was a protected person in due time in line with the law on state protection. However, now under the same law Kasyanov is not subject to state protection," Devyatov told TASS.

The spokesman for the FSO, which protects high-ranking state officials in Russia, also said hooliganism against any persons regardless of their status was "inadmissible."

Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in comments to the incident that "an attack on any person, not only on a protected one, should be of course considered as unacceptable."

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

Kasyanov, 58, served as Russia’s prime minister 2000-2004 and chairs the Parnas political party now.

The politician said that late on Tuesday he was hit with a cake thrown at him by a group of unknown men in a restaurant in downtown Moscow. Kasyanov later filed a police complaint asking to bring the attackers to justice.

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