An unidentified assailant attacked and slightly injured a Chechen government official in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg on Monday evening, police said.
Police said the attacker approached the Chechen official, Salautdin Mamakov, and shot him from behind, probably with a non-lethal firearm that shoots rubber bullets. The attacker remains at large.
Mamakov, who is the Chechen president’s representative in the Sverdlovsk Region, was taken to hospital where he was treated for a slight back injury.
“He is now well enough to help produce a composite sketch of the gunman,” police said in a statement.