Monday, August 01, 2005

WARSAW, August 1 (RIA Novosti, Leonid Sviridov) - A group of Polish nationals beat the children of Russian diplomats here Sunday night.

Three Russian teenagers and a Kazakh schoolboy were returning from a movie when the assailants attacked them in a park. According to witnesses, the attackers included about 15 people, aged 19-25. They shouted anti-Russian slogans and obscenities.

According to witnesses, the assaulters seemed to be an organized group of skinheads in jogging suits. The victims retreated to a bus stop, where the beatings continued. The group stole mobile phones, money and tore chains from the teenagers' necks.

During medical examinations, doctors found numerous bruises, and scratches on the victims. The teenagers had some of their teeth knocked out, one boy had a broken nose and doctors suspect that one had a concussion. There were no internal injuries and the victims declined a hospital stay.

The Russian Embassy in Poland is preparing to send a letter of protest to the Polish Foreign Ministry Monday, said Vladimir Sedykh, Russia's charge d'affaires in Poland.

"Diplomats' reaction will be tough," he said.