(MOSCOW) JUST IN: Police opened a criminal inquiry on Monday after anti-Kremlin opposition activist and political blogger Yegor Zhukov was beaten and left bloodied outside his home at the weekend #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: The 22-year-old student, who was a leading figure in large anti-government protests last year, was taken to hospital late on Sunday after being assaulted by two people outside his apartment in western Moscow, his allies said on social media: They published pictures of his bloodied face covered in bruises and gashes:

Moscow police open criminal case after anti-Kremlin blogger badly beaten outside his home at the weekend:

‘ He was among more than 1,000 people detained in Moscow in July 2019 in one of the biggest crackdowns on anti-Kremlin demonstrators in recent years: He and other protesters had taken to the streets to call for free elections: A Russian court last year found him guilty of inciting extremism on his YouTube channel and banned him from using the Internet for two years, a move he decried as politically motivated ‘

The Moscow police force said it was seeking to identify and detain Zhukov’s assailants, who his allies said had fled the scene of the attack on scooters: If convicted of assault, Zhukov’s attackers could face up to two years in jail:

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he hoped Zhukov’s attackers would be found and punished: Peter Stano, a spokesman for the European Commission, condemned the attack on Zhukov at a news briefing in Brussels: “We wish him a speedy recovery and we expect that those responsible for this brutal and cowardly attack will be brought to justice as soon as possible,” said Stano:

He said it looked to be part of what he called “a very negative trend on human rights in Russia” and attacks on people who expressed dissenting views: Zhukov said on Sunday that due to his Kremlin opposition activities he was expelled last week from the Moscow university where he had been studying:

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Aug.31: 2020: Reuters: Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Moscow and Gabriela Baczynska in Brussels; Editing by Andrew Osborn:

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