Lithuanian anti-terrorism unit launches investigation after hammer attack leaves Navalny ally with broken arm


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Leonid Volkov, the former chief of staff of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, suffered a broken arm after being attacked outside of his home in Vilnius on Tuesday.
“They wanted to make a steak out of me,” he said in a video message, explaining that his attacker hit him about 15 times in the leg with a meat tenderizer.
“It hurts to walk, but they say it’s not broken, though they did break my arm.”Volkov was hospitalized after the assault but was able to return home within a few hours.
His comments suggest there was only one attacker.
Ivan ZhdanovThe longtime Navalny ally called the incident an “an obvious, characteristic, typical, gangster-style greeting from Putin.” “Hi to you too, Mr. Putin,” he added, before calling on Russians to take part in the “Noon Against Putin” protest in Russia’s presidential elections this weekend.
Ivan Zhdanov, the current head of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said the attack was likely intended to leave Volkov with serious injuries.
Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmysh told journalists from Agentstvo that there may have been two attackers.
“Leonid managed to notice one; his wife thinks she saw two people from the window at the last minute,” she said.
According to Volkov’s wife, Anna Biryukova, Volkov is currently unable to walk.
“Having to choose between running to your husband as he’s being attacked and not leaving your sleeping children alone is a horrific experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” she said on X.
The Lithuanian Police Force’s anti-terrorism unit is investigating the attack.
Deputy Police Commissioner Saulius Tamulevičius told the radio station LRT that the authorities are considering several possible explanations.
“A pre-trial investigation has been launched, and we’re doing everything we can do to determine the motives and the causes of the crime.
Several theories have already been put forward, and when everything becomes clear, we’ll be able to provide more information,” Tamulevičius said.
He added that the assailant has not been found.
Lithuanian police reported earlier that the attack occurred at 10:06 p.m. local time outside of Volkov’s home in the outskirts of Vilnius.
Ambassador to Lithuania Kara McDonald commented on the attack on X:On Tuesday night, Lithuanian Foreign Ministry Gabrielius Landsbergis called the attack “shocking.”Several hours before he was assaulted, Leonid Volkov spoke to Meduza about the threats facing Navalny’s associates in the wake of the opposition figure’s death.
“The key risk right now is that they’ll kill us all,” he said.
“But that’s pretty obvious.”

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The former chief of staff of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, Leonid Volkov, was attacked outside his Vilnius home on Tuesday, breaking his arm.

His attacker struck him in the leg roughly fifteen times with a meat tenderizer, he claimed in a video message, “They wanted to make a steak out of me.”. “They say it’s not broken, even though they broke my arm, but it hurts to walk.”. “.

In a matter of hours, Volkov was discharged from the hospital where he had been attacked. There seems to have been just one attacker based on his remarks.

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The incident was described as “an obvious, characteristic, typical, gangster-style greeting from Putin” by the longtime ally of Navalny. He said, “Hello to you too, Mr. Dot Putin,” before urging Russians to participate in this weekend’s “Noon Against Putin” protest in advance of Russia’s presidential election. As for the attack, Volkov was probably supposed to suffer serious injuries, according to Ivan Zhdanov, the current head of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation.

Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary for Navalny, informed the Agentstvo journalists that there might have been two attackers. According to her, Leonid saw one person, but his wife believes she briefly saw two through the window.

Volkov is presently unable to walk, according to Volkov’s wife, Anna Biryukova. She stated on X, “I wouldn’t wish this horrible experience on anyone—having to choose between protecting your sleeping children and running to your husband when he’s being attacked.”.

The attack is being looked into by the Lithuanian Police Force’s anti-terrorism unit. According to LRT radio station, Deputy Police Commissioner Saulius Tamulevičius stated that multiple explanations are being contemplated by the authorities.

“We are making every effort to ascertain the causes and motivations behind the crime, and a pre-trial investigation has been initiated. More details will be available once everything is clear, according to Tamulevičius, who has already proposed a number of theories. He continued by saying that the attacker is still at large.

Prior to this, Lithuanian police stated that the attack happened at 10:06 p.m. M. local time outside of Volkov’s Vilnius suburbia residence.

You. s. Ambassador Kara McDonald offered her thoughts on the assault on X:.

Tuesday night, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the foreign minister of Lithuania, described the attack as “shocking.”. “.

Leonid Volkov discussed with Meduza the dangers facing Navalny’s entourage following the opposition leader’s passing a few hours prior to his assailment. He stated, “At this point, the biggest risk is that they’ll kill us all.”. However, that should be clear. “.

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