Viral clip of Russian policeman punching female protester stirs anger

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2019

During the course of the arrests, the video emerged of two riot officers punching a female protester in the stomach who was resisting arrest as they physically escorted her to a nearby police bus.

Krid, who has over 10 million followers, shared footage of the Saturday incident on his IG page - which showed the masked riot cops dragging an unarmed woman, identified by Reuters as Daria Sosnovskaya, and one of them punching her in the stomach.

In the clip, Sosnovskaya, 26, appears to be trying to stop the officer who punches her from grabbing a billy club.

The statistician was one of over 200 people detained in central Moscow on Saturday for taking part in what authorities said was an illegal protest following a sanctioned demonstration to demand free elections in the city legislature.

The non-governmental White Counter monitoring group said up to 60,000 people attended the Moscow rally, making it the biggest show of opposition in Russian Federation in nearly a decade. The clip garnered well over 3 million views as a result. "However, we will still request information concerning her complaint so that we can figure out what happened and what measures have been taken against the power-abusing police officer", she said.

"What kind of a scumbag do you need to be to hit a member of the fairer sex", wrote singer Egor Krid on Instagram Sunday.

Lazarev called the police officer's behaviour a "disgrace" and many Russians took to social media to condemn the incident using strong language.

"We officially declare that the information published in the media about the identity of the officer of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russian Federation in Moscow who allegedly hit the detainee is untrue; the police officer had nothing to do with the incident", the Moscow police headquarters said.

In an interview with the Mediazona website, the woman, Daria Sosnovskaya, said she was dragged away by police for protesting the detention of a man with a disability.

She has since filed a complaint about the manner in which she was detained. But Russian civil rights lawyer Pavel Chikov, of the legal aid group Agora, says that didn't give him the right to assault her.

Update: RT has reported a claim from the Moscow police force that Tsyplakov was not involved in the attack on Sosnovskaya.

Activists say they are planning to hold another protest on August 17.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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