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(en) Russia, Moscow, ABC report on assault on Anastasia Drozdova

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Date Fri, 10 Oct 2003 10:22:05 +0200 (CEST)

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In August 2003 26 years old anti-authoritarian Anastasia
Drozdova was assaulted in Moscow without any clear reason.
Anastasia is a journalist working in paper "Gazeta", as well as
member of editorial collective of a recently deceased
libertarian theoretical journal "Naperekor". Anastasia travelled
from Moscow to her summer cottage in station Manihino
(Riga direction) by local train, this day her mobile phone was
broken and no-one was meeting her at the station, which is
unusual. When she went on the road, in the most darkest spot
she was assaulted by two men who came with the same train.
There is no any apparent reason for the assault, such as rape
or robbery. One of the assaulting men was holding her while
another was beating and strangling. Attackers were beating
and kicking her for a long time, she tried to resist. They
grabbed her necklace and handbag which she had dropped in
the beginning of the assault, and ran away. Face of Anastasia
was completely ragged, she had to r
est two weeks after mysterious assault.

It is likely that action was an act of revenge or an attempt to
threat journalist, who is known of her independent views,
anti-war position and participation to social movements. Not a
long time before assault Anastasia made an interview of
Dagestanian opposition politician Hachilaev.
Topic of the interview, published in "Gazeta" is corruption in
the highest levels of Dagestan government. Soon after
interview Hachilaev was murdered. Another possible reason
of the attack could be an attempt to make some pressure
against Anastasias husband Vladimir Matviev, who makes a
website which supports Chechen separatists.
Anarchist Black Cross of Moscow October 9th 2003

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