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Top Russian Space Official Arrested

May 25, 1999

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ A top Russian space official found semiconscious on a beach was arrested after attacking two emergency medical workers, authorities said.

Vladimir Lobachev, 61, of Moscow, was released from jail Monday after posting $1,000 bond on two charges of battery.

Lobachev is in Florida as a visiting dignitary for Thursday’s launch of the space shuttle Discovery, a NASA official said. He is director of the Russian space program’s Mission Control Center in Korolev, a suburb of Moscow.

According to an arrest report, police arrived at the Cocoa Beach pier Sunday to find Lobachev _ semiconscious, face down in the sand, and wearing boxer shorts.

He was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital. But as he was being removed from the ambulance, he roused himself and became combative, police said.

Neither medical worker was seriously hurt, said Orlando Domingez, spokesman for the Fire Rescue agency.

The arrest report said that alcohol may have been a factor.

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