Duma deputy`s son beaten as a warning to his father
The teenage son of a State Duma deputy was abducted and beaten Friday by unidentified men, who freed him several hours later with a warning for his father.
Mikhail Markelov, a member of the nationalist Rodina faction, told that three men pushed his 16-year-old son, also named Mikhail, into a black car with tinted windows in northern Moscow as he was walking to school Friday morning. Markelov was in Tver at the time, and his son was staying with his grandparents.
According to Markelov, the men told his son: "We hope you understand why you are here. Tell your father if he doesn`t want people see his photo on a tombstone, he should be quiet."
Markelov, who is also an investigative television journalist, said he did not know what was behind the threat. He had had no business conflicts, and the television program he produces at TV Center does not touch on politics, he told.
The attackers, who had Slavic appearances, took the boy`s mobile phone and some cash he was carrying, and punched him in the face, the report said.
"Let your father get a good look at your mug" were the last words the teenager heard before he was pushed out of the car near Mytishchi, northwest of Moscow, 2 1/2 hours after he was abducted.
Markelov filed a complaint to police Friday, the report said