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Officials are wanting right into a viral video of a Russian police officer kicking a girl to the bottom amid unsanctioned Navalny protests in St. Petersburg. An area police chief reportedly apologized to the sufferer.

“We are studying this video,” a spokesperson for St. Petersburg police, Vyacheslav Stepchenko, instructed the Russian RBC information channel. A brief assertion on an area police authority’s web site mentioned {that a} probe has been launched in relation to “an incident involving a woman and a police officer” that had occurred on the identical location the place the video was made.A brief clip, that brought about outrage on social media, exhibits a girl approaching three officers in riot gear who’re escorting a detained man. The girl asks: “Why did you grab him?” An officer responds by instantly kicking the lady within the abdomen, knocking her to the bottom.На площади Восстания в Петербурге сотрудник ОМОН ударил женщину ногой в животВидео: «Фонтанка» pic.twitter.com/3KNHn3uWCs— Дождь (@tvrain) January 23, 2021An individual who filmed the altercation instructed an area information web site Fontanka.ru that the lady was peaceable, and had been solely verbally condemning officers that had been making arrests throughout the protests. The witness mentioned that the lady hit her head after being kicked. The sufferer was mentioned to be aged 54.An area senior police chief, Colonel Sergey Muzyka, visited the lady in hospital on Sunday, the spokesperson for the town’s police instructed the media. He reportedly “apologized” to her on behalf of police, and careworn that illegal actions by the officers are “unacceptable.”There had been conflicting experiences concerning the girl’s accidents. The RIA Novosti information company quoted the hospital as saying that her situation was “serious.” Some different retailers mentioned she had misplaced consciousness after sustaining a head trauma.The hospital’s head, Vadim Manukovsky, nonetheless, instructed the Podyom information web site that the lady had solely “light” accidents, and was awake and “feeling great.”The police, in the meantime, mentioned they’ve arrested an individual who punched a site visitors officer in one other viral video that was filmed on Saturday in St. Petersburg. The incident occurred near the sq. the place the protest was happening.The police instructed RIA Novosti that earlier than the altercation, which was caught on tape, the assailant had climbed atop of a tow truck and hit a special officer, who was making an attempt to carry him down.The metropolis’s investigative authorities reported on their web site {that a} felony case was launched towards the attacker. They mentioned he punched two officers, with out mentioning the main points concerning the tow truck.Supporters of jailed anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny gathered for unsanctioned protests throughout Russia on Saturday. The organizers did not receive permits for the rallies resulting from Covid-19 restrictions. The protesters clashed with police in some cities. According to OVD-Info, an opposition police-tracking NGO that has obtained Western funding, 3,435 individuals had been detained in relation to the protests.

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Navalny was arrested earlier this month, pending trial over suspected violations of his probation phrases, which date again to a suspended jail sentence in a 2014 fraud case. On January 17, the activist returned to Moscow from Germany the place he was recovering from an alleged poisoning. Navalny abruptly fell unwell on board a aircraft in Russia final 12 months.Russia’s jail service mentioned that Navalny repeatedly failed to indicate as much as a police station for registration in 2020 previous to his arrival in Germany. Officials mentioned he then skipped police visits after being discharged from a Berlin clinic. Navalny argued that he selected to remain in Germany for a number of extra months to proceed his rehabilitation. German authorities mentioned they discovered traces of the Novichok nerve agent in Navalny’s system. The activist accused Russian secret companies of trying to kill him. The Kremlin has categorically denied any involvement within the case, and as a substitute claims Navalny is working with international intelligence companies in a bid to smear Russia.Think your mates would have an interest? Share this story!

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