6 police officers held to account for ‘bullying’ of university teacher at Moscow's Higher School of Economics

6 police officers held to account for ‘bullying’ of university teacher at Moscow's Higher School of Economics

The Moscow Interregional Prosecutor's Office is also checking law enforcement officers’ actions.

According to the media-office of Transportation Administration of Central Federal District, six transit police officers have become subjects to disciplinary action due to the arbitrary detention of Vladimir Brodsky, the teacher at National Research University Higher School of Economics. He was apprehended at the Yaroslavsky railway station in Moscow.

As noted by the aforementioned media-office, the internal background check (as to the law enforcement officers) was carried out as soon as the information of the arbitrary detention appeared on media. By this time the background check is accomplished.

The officers had no ground for taking Brodsky to the police dispatch center, as stressed by the Administration. As a result, the disciplinary action (warning of incompetency) was imposed towards two superintendents of Investigatory Unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation responsible for the area around Moscow Yaroslavsky railway station.

The same was applied towards the chief of the Investigatory Unit, the officer of the day in waiting, head of shift responsible for the area around Moscow Yaroslavsky railway station. The serious reprimand was delivered to the chief officer of police. Moreover, the audit materials are forwarded to the Investigation Committee for evaluating the actions of the officers.

It is to be recalled that Brodsky posted his story on Facebook on August 4. According to his version, he was bullied by the police officers at Moscow Yaroslavsky railway station. The university teacher was taken to the police dispatch center and locked up in the sub-basement. They threateningly made him take his belongings out of pockets. After failing to find something illegal they let him go.

As soon as he came back home, he called the MIA hotline. The Moscow Interregional Prosecutor's Office is also checking law enforcement officers’ actions. 

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