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Nov152010

Russian Journalist Making Good Recovery After Beating

Photo Courtesy - Svetlana Privalova/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A Russian journalist savagely beaten in Moscow last weekend is making a good recovery, doctors say.  State-run media report that Oleg Kashin was taken off an artificial respirator, but is still in intensive care.

The website LifeNews said that when Kashin came out of his coma last week, he requested a pen and paper, writing his doctors a note asking them to take him off the respirator.

Kashin has not yet been questioned by investigators, who have not announced any leads in the case.  Kashin reportedly described his attacks as looking like soccer fans.

Kashin was attacked the night of Nov. 5 just after midnight.  He was returning home when he was jumped by two men.  One had concealed a metal rod in a bouquet of flowers.  As one man held Kashin down, the other hit him over and over for almost a minute and a half.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has strongly condemned the attack, saying those responsible will be found and punished.

A rally in central Moscow on Sunday drew hundreds of demonstrators protesting Kashin's assault.

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