</p> <p>An armed gang has violently<br /> beaten a man in Siberia after his family rented office space to the presidential<br /> campaign of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.</p><div class='code-block code-block-1' style='margin: 8px 0; clear: both;'> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block; text-align:center;" data-ad-layout="in-article" data-ad-format="fluid" data-ad-client="ca-pub-3582315701928315" data-ad-slot="4642392753"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div> <p><span>The victim, the son of the campaign’s<br /> landlord in the city of Irkutsk, had been discussing repair work with the men before they began to beat him with baseball bats.</span><br /> </p> <p><span>The landlord’s son was taken to hospital, where he is being treated with stitches, according to<br /> Sergei Bespalov, the coordinator of Navalny’s Irkutsk headquarters.</span><br /> </p> <p><span>Bespalov said that Navalny’s campaign had lost its former headquarters in the city after “bandits”<br /> confronted the landlord.</span><br /> </p> <p><span>“They threatened that landlord,”<br /> Bespalov <a target="_blank" href="https://meduza.io/news/2017/05/31/v-irkutske-sem-chelovek-s-bitami-napali-na-muzhchinu-kotoryy-sdaet-pomeschenie-shtabu-navalnogo?utm_source=website&utm_medium=push&utm_campaign=browser_news">told</a> the Meduza news site. “But apparently this time they decided<br /> not to talk, but just to attack.”</span><br /> </p> <p><span>Navalny’s campaign has repeatedly faced<br /> challenges opening offices in Russia’s regions. Over the past month,<br /> it has had to delay opening offices in Moscow and several other<br /> cities after landlords backed out of lease agreements at the last<br /> minute.</span><br /> </p> <p><span>The campaign has also faced violence:<br /> In April, an assailant hurled a mix of green antiseptic and a noxious<br /> chemical in Navalny’s face, causing the politician to lose nearly 80<br /> percent of his vision in his right eye.</span><br /> </p> </div> <div class="navigation-inner"><a class="prev-post" href="http://cultureru.com/explore-crucian-cuisine-on-a-new-u-s-virgin-islands-food-tour/" rel="next">Explore Crucian Cuisine on a New U.S. Virgin Islands Food Tour</a><a class="next-post" href="http://cultureru.com/visiting-on-public-holidays/" rel="prev">Visiting on public holidays</a></div> <div class="gap-20"></div> </article><!-- #post-16467 --> <div class='code-block code-block-2' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- vidget --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-3582315701928315" data-ad-slot="4301813101" data-ad-format="auto" data-full-width-responsive="true"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div> </div><!-- #content .wf-cell --> </div><!-- .wf-container --> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #main --> <!-- !Bottom-bar --> <div id="bottom-bar" role="contentinfo"> <div class="wf-wrap"> <div class="wf-table wf-mobile-collapsed"> <div class="wf-td"> </div> </div> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #bottom-bar --> <a href="#" class="scroll-top"></a> </div><!-- #page --> <script type="text/javascript">(function(w,doc) { if (!w.__utlWdgt ) { w.__utlWdgt = true; var d = doc, s = d.createElement('script'), g = 'getElementsByTagName'; s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.charset='UTF-8'; s.async = true; s.src = ('https:' == w.location.protocol ? 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