Russian opposition blogger says he was beaten outside home

MOSCOW (AFP) – A well-known Russian opposition blogger and radio host was beaten outside his home in Moscow, his spokesman said, as Kremlin critics said they are subject to a growing number of attacks.

Yegor Zhukov, 22, was handed a suspended sentence last summer on extremism charges for making videos criticising President Vladimir Putin amid huge protests calling for fair elections.

Zhukov’s team posted a picture on Telegram of his bloodied and swollen face saying he was attacked and beaten near his home on Sunday evening.

“According to eyewitnesses, he was attacked by two thugs who disappeared on scooters,” Zhukov’s spokesman Stas Toporkov said.

The opposition figure filed a complaint with police and underwent medical checks afterwards. Zhukov was arrested in August last year for his role in mass protests that erupted after independent and opposition candidates were barred from contesting local elections.