Security forces were “unlawful and unprofessional” at Moscow rallies, says Buryat senator and ex-head of riot police

Security forces were “unlawful and unprofessional” at Moscow rallies, says Buryat senator and ex-head of riot police

According to Vyacheslav Markhaev, the decision to disperse the protest by force was excessive.

Vyacheslav Markhaev, a Buryat senator from the Irkutsk region and the former head of the republic’s riot police, called the actions of security forces in Moscow protests “unlawful and unprofessional” in his Instagram post.

“The fact that so many people took to the streets, by itself, suggests that there simply is no other way to be heard by the authorities. And instead of listening to their complaints, having a negotiation, the administration made a forceful decision, in many ways excessive,” Markhaev said.

Earlier it was reported that the woman, who was hit in the stomach by a policeman during the detention on August 10, was hospitalized. She had headaches and chest pains; an initial examination showed that the victim might have concussion.

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