Navalny aide Volkov attacked with hammer in Lithuania

By Thomson Reuters Mar 12, 2024 | 4:20 PM

By Andrius Sytas

VILNIUS (Reuters) -Alexei Navalny’s long-time aide Leonid Volkov was assaulted with a hammer in the Lithuanian capitol Vilnius on Tuesday, former Navalny spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said.

“Volkov has just been attacked outside his house. Someone broke a car window and sprayed tear gas in his eyes, after which the attacker started hitting Leonid with a hammer,” she wrote on social media website X.

Lithanian police said had been informed a man was beaten outside his home, and officers were investigating.

A large part of Navalny’s political vehicle, the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which includes Volkov, are residing in European Union and NATO member Lithuania after fleeing Russia.

(Reporting by Andrius Sytas in Vilnius; Editing by Stephen Coates)