BBC staff get Russian stick
This just in from AP, via Pravda,
British Broadcasting Corp’s employees have been attacked in Moscow over the past two weeks. The company was investigating whether they were targeted because of their work.
The attacks took place on three different dates in three different locations since Nov. 24, BBC World Service spokesman Peter Connors said in a statement.
One employee, a Russian citizen who works for the BBC’s Central Asian Service, was assaulted Nov. 24 in the Moscow subway by assailants yelling racist slurs. The attackers were arrested by police, Connors said.
A day later, a Russian staff member was attacked and robbed of his phone, bank card and a significant amount of money near his home, and he suffered broken ribs, Connors said.
On Friday, another Russian staff member was attacked while traveling home from work, and suffered head injuries that required stitches.
“Although we have no evidence to suggest that the attacks were motivated by the victims’ employment by the BBC, we are exploring that possibility. We have asked the Russian Foreign Ministry for assistance in ensuring staff safety,” Connors said. link