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Russian opposition leader, 5 others hurt in Cossack attack

  • FILE In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 file photo Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny addresses an opposition rally in Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and five of his associates have been injured when a group of Cossacks attacked them outside an airport in southern Russia on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)

    FILE In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 file photo Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny addresses an opposition rally in Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and five of his associates have been injured when a group of Cossacks attacked them outside an airport in southern Russia on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this frame from video provided by Anapa Today, Cossacks throw milk at opposition leader Alexei Navally, center right, at the Anapa airport, southern Russia, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A group of Cossacks attacked Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his associates outside an airport in southern Russia Tuesday, injuring Navalny and six others, his spokeswoman said. (Dmitry Slaboda/Anapa Today via AP)

    In this frame from video provided by Anapa Today, Cossacks throw milk at opposition leader Alexei Navally, center right, at the Anapa airport, southern Russia, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A group of Cossacks attacked Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his associates outside an airport in southern Russia Tuesday, injuring Navalny and six others, his spokeswoman said. (Dmitry Slaboda/Anapa Today via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this frame from video provided by Anapa Today, opposition leader Alexei Navally, center, tries to get up after being attacked at the Anapa airport, southern Russia, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A group of Cossacks attacked Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his associates outside an airport in southern Russia Tuesday, injuring Navalny and six others, his spokeswoman said. (Dmitry Slaboda/Anapa Today via AP)

    In this frame from video provided by Anapa Today, opposition leader Alexei Navally, center, tries to get up after being attacked at the Anapa airport, southern Russia, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A group of Cossacks attacked Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his associates outside an airport in southern Russia Tuesday, injuring Navalny and six others, his spokeswoman said. (Dmitry Slaboda/Anapa Today via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and five of his associates have been injured when a group of Cossacks attacked them outside an airport in southern Russia.

Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Navalny and about 30 employees of his anti-corruption foundation were holding a team-building weekend in the countryside and arrived at the Anapa airport Tuesday morning when a group of Cossacks attacked them. Yarmysh said the Cossacks yelled: "Get out from our land!" before charging at the group, beating up men and women. She says one of Navalny's associates was hospitalized.

Attacks on political activists have become almost mundane in Russia lately with the activists facing physical threats and verbal abuse whenever they travel outside Moscow.