“Why are we homeless?” Riot police veterans record appeal to Putin
Ex-policemen complained about the eviction of their families from service housing.
Five men, who identified themselves as veterans of the Moscow riot police, recorded a video message to Russian President Vladimir Putin because of the eviction of their families from official housing. Apart from the president, the ex-officers addressed the appeal to the heads of the National Guard and the MIA, Viktor Zolotov and Vladimir Kolokoltsev, as well as to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
“Why are we, in the service of the state, performing service and combat tasks, including in hot spots, at Manezhnaya, on the Bolotnaya Square, during the World Football Championship, the Olympic Games and the Confederations Cup and during other public political and sporting events, we served daily on the streets of the city, but as a result we were outlawed after retirement. Why are we and our families now homeless?” one of the veterans asks.
The video was published by the Agency for Strategic Programs channel. As Mediazona established, the officers on the video are Vladimir Pudovkin, Nikolai Gladky, Alexey Posazhennikov, Vladimir Grigoriev and Yaroslav Karavayev. After retirement, they received a notice of the need to move out of non-residential premises, although previously the leadership of the National Guard promised to change the type of housing assignment and leave the premises for the veterans.
The cadets have been found guilty of an Attempt at Murder by a Group of Persons by Previous Concert and for Mercenary Reasons (part 3 of Art. 30, part 2 of Art. 105 of the Russian Criminal Code). They do not plead guilty.