Russia probes ‘stun gun attack’ on election chief Pamfilova

7 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Russian police say a masked man broke into the home of the country’s top election official, Ella Pamfilova, and hit her with a stun gun, but she attended a conference unhurt on Friday, reports BBC.

The man broke into her home through a window, just outside Moscow early on Friday, and “repeatedly hit” Pamfilova with the weapon, police said.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny tweeted that the assault was fake news.

There has been a big police crackdown ahead of local elections on Sunday.

For weeks opposition activists have been protesting in Moscow, angry that Pamfilova’s Central Election Commission barred many independent candidates from standing. Hundreds were detained during the protests and some activists were handed jail terms of up to four years.