Investigative Committee of Russia initiates criminal case following attack on reporter of Russia 24 by head of district
Sergey Zaytsev is suspected of obstruction of the lawful professional activity of journalists.
Investigative bodies of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Khakasia have initiated a criminal case into obstruction of the lawful professional activity of journalists (item 4 of article 144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) against head of Khakasia’s Shirinsky district Sergey Zaytsev who had attacked a reported of Russia 24 Ivan Litomin due to “provocative questions.”
Litomin - along with his shooting team - was earlier reported to have rushed into Zaytsev’s office and started throwing questions about bad quality of accommodation built for victims of 2015 fire in the Republic. The official attempted to pull the microphone out of the reporter’s hands. After that, he pulled him to the floor.
The Investigative Committee of Russia reported information on corruption in Zaytsev’s activity (that had been reported by Russia 24 journalists) is going to be checked within the criminal case.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.