11:30 Apr. 29, 2016
Two unidentified men attack Russian opposition leader
Yesterday (April 28), two unidentified men attacked anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny at the entrance to his office at the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Meduza reports.
One of the two men splashed "some kind of acrid, dark blue chemical liquid" on Navalny. Then the two men ran off.
"Well, as I'm inclined to do, I chased after them for bit in the parking lot (from the sideline, I'm sure it looked like something from the Benny Hill show), then I gave up and went home to change. I had to throw out the shirt. At the moment, I'm fighting [to save] the my backpack and jacket. But most likely I'll lose [them]," Navalny wrote on his blog.
Navalny also drew attention to the attack on participants to the award ceremony for the "Man in History: Russia XX Century" school competition organized by Russian historical and civil rights society Memorial.
The incident involved a noisy crowd wearing nationalist WWII symbols that hurled eggs and Brilliant Green—a dark green coloured chemical disinfectant—at event participants, which included school children, teachers, guests and Memorial staff members.
Navalny suggested the two separate attacks were, in fact, coordinated.