Ministry of Internal Affairs responds to allegations against police officer who hit woman protester
The victim pressed charges with the Investigative Committee.
The press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Moscow stated that Officer Sergei Tsyplakov was not involved in beating of the woman at the rally on August 10. An internal audit is underway. The injured, Daria Sosnovskaya, filed a statement with the Investigative Committee.
“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 Russia in Moscow who allegedly hit the detainee is untrue; the police officer had nothing to do with the incident,” the Moscow police headquarters said.
Earlier, the Rosgvardiya said that the soldiers who had detained Sosnovskaya did not work for them.
Sosnovskaya was diagnosed with head and chest injuries. The woman filed a complaint to the head of the investigation department in the Tver district stating that she was detained after a remark on the detention of a person with signs of disability that she had made. She did not show resistance, but she was hit with a fist in the stomach, and later, when they were near the truck, on the head.
Baza published a photo of Tsyplakov, whose colleagues said he had been involved in the incident. The policeman’s social media account was hastily changed; the Interior Ministry officer blocked a journalist who asked questions.