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Russian police say unknown burglar attacks election chief

September 6, 2019
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, Ella Pamfilova, head of Russian Central Election Commission speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Pamfilova has defended the commission's decision to bar nearly two dozen candidates from running in a local Moscow election, which sparked a full-blown political crisis, but conceded that current election legislation is outdated and needs to be amended. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, Ella Pamfilova, head of Russian Central Election Commission speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Pamfilova has defended the commission's decision to bar nearly two dozen candidates from running in a local Moscow election, which sparked a full-blown political crisis, but conceded that current election legislation is outdated and needs to be amended. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police say a masked man has broken into the home of the country’s election chief and attacked her with a Taser.

The Interior Ministry says in a statement the intruder entered Ella Pamfilova’s home outside Moscow before dawn Friday and shocked her with the Taser before escaping.

The motive was unclear, and no theft was reported.

The Central Election Commission, which Pamfilova heads, said she’s well enough after the attack to participate in a planned event later Friday

Pamfilova has been a central figure in this summer’s ongoing opposition protests in Moscow after her commission confirmed decisions by lower-level officials to bar a dozen independent candidates from running for the Moscow city legislature.

Pamfilova has insisted that the candidates were turned down because of flaws in their registration process.

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