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Second Russian journalist attacked in two days

Both journalists had written about efforts to prevent developers from cutting down trees for road ex

A Russian journalist working for a Moscow-based newspaper was severely beaten up by two unidentified assailants, early on Monday.

The reporter, Anatoly Adamchuk who works for Zhukovskie Vesti - a suburban weekly newspaper - was accosted by the attackers. He was taken to the hospital with concussion and treated for head trauma.

Police in Zhukovsky, a suburb of the Russian capital, said that they were investigating the matter.

Adamchuk was attacked two days after the brutal assault on business daily Kommersant journalist Oleg Kashin who has been in a drug-induced coma ever since.

While the cause behind the attacks remains unknown, both reporters in question wrote about efforts at preventing developers from cutting down trees for road expansion, reports Associated Press.

President Dmitry Medvedev promised to find and punish those behind the assault immediately after Kashin's attack sparked international outcry.
"A free and independent press is central to a vibrant and well-functioning democracy. Journalists around the world must feel free to do their jobs without fear of intimidation or physical violence," said US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, condemning the attack on Kashin, a video clip of which was distributed widely on the Russian internet.