The BBC has formally complained to the Russian authorities after a news team was beaten and a camera destroyed in an assault by “unidentified men” on the Russia/Ukraine border.
The attack occurred as the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg was compiling a report which included an interview with a woman who had been told that her brother, a Russian soldier, had been killed in military exercises on the border.
He told the Radio 4 Today programme that “at least three aggressive individuals” attacked the news team after they left a café in the city of Astrakhan. “Our cameraman was knocked to the ground and beaten. The attackers grabbed the BBC camera, smashed it on the road and took it away in their getaway car.” The BBC cameraman was concussed in the attack.