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Masked man tasers Russian election chief ahead of regional vote

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A masked man broke into the home of Ella Pamfilova, the head of Russia’s Central Election Commission in the early hours of Friday morning, and repeatedly tasered her, Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

The attack happened two days before Russians vote in regional elections, including in Moscow.

“The masked intruder broke in through a window and got onto the house’s terrace and repeatedly tasered the home owner (Pamfilova) and then fled,” the ministry said in a statement.

(The story corrects to show attack two days, not one, before elections)

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Anton Kolodyazhnyy Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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