VLADIMIR, February 11. /TASS/. Russian opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov was pelted with eggs by a group of activists as he entered a building to meet with journalists in the Russian city of Vladimir on Thursday.
Several dozen eggs were thrown at the politician’s back when he got out of his car. At least one of them hit the car’s windscreen but Kasyanov himself was unhurt. Ahead of the news conference, the activists of the People’s Liberation Movement brought piles of snow in front of the building and shouted slogans calling on Kasyanov to leave the country.
Later, Kasyanov described the attack as an act of hooliganism. "People threw eggs at us. Thank God, they missed the target. They were not dead shots. Nevertheless, they are hooligans and need to be punished in full compliance with the law," the Russian opposition politician told journalists.
Kasyanov, 58, the chairman of the Parnas political party and formerly Russia’s prime minister in 2000-2004, has paid a working visit to Vladimir, some 200 kilometers to the east of Moscow.
Police in Vladimir have not received any complaints over the incident so far, Anna Basova, the Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson for the Vladimir region, told TASS. She said the police were getting phone calls from journalists who might have learnt about the incident in social networks.
This is the second attack on Kasyanov this week. On Tuesday evening, February 9, unknown men threw a cake at Kasyanov in a restaurant in downtown Moscow and escaped. The politician later filed a police complaint asking to bring the attackers to justice.
Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov condemned the cake incident on February 10.
"An attack on any person, not only on a protected one, should be of course considered as unacceptable," Peskov told journalists.