Russian opposition activist Yuri Chervochkin, 22, who was severely beaten up on 22 November 2007 in Serpukhov near Moscow, has died in hospital after lying in coma for over two weeks.
Chervochkin was the leader of the National-Bolshevik Party (NBP) in Moscow oblast. Just an hour before he was beaten up, Chervochkin informed Sobkorr.ru that he was being pursued by the police.
NBP accuses Alexey Okopny, head of the police unit in charge of fighting the opposition in Moscow oblast, of killing Chervochkin. The police had made several threats against Chervochkin ahead of the attack.
NBP says Chervochkin’s death is an indication of the new times for the whole opposition movement in Russia. The party calls on everybody to draw their conclusions from the incident.