A Polish reporter for newspaper Rzeczpospolita was attacked in Russia's capital city last night, the third attack in Moscow on a Polish citizen in the past week, as relations worsen between the neighboring states.
Pawel Reszka was hospitalized after a severe beating by several Russians, said Witold Jurasz, a spokesman for the Polish Embassy in Moscow.
“The attacks seem to be organized and directed toward accredited representatives of the Polish diplomatic mission and media,” Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said on his Web site. “These dangerous incidents have increased tensions in Polish- Russian relations and escalated feelings of antipathy.”
According to Ria Novosti, Poland sent a letter Monday to the Russian Foreign Ministry regarding this attack. The ministry said Russian authorities were taking additional measures to guarantee the safety of embassy employees and their families.
Attacks on polish citizens started after three teenagers, the children of Russian diplomats and a Kazakh schoolboy were attacked in Poland. According to witnesses, the attackers included about 15 people, aged 19-25. They shouted anti-Russian slogans and obscenities.
During medical examinations, doctors found numerous bruises, and scratches on the victims. The teenagers had some of their teeth knocked out, one boy had a broken nose and doctors suspect that one had a concussion. There were no internal injuries and the victims declined a hospital stay.