Uber taxi driver beaten up in Moscow by policemen who took Viagra pill for narcotic 

Uber taxi driver beaten up in Moscow by policemen who took Viagra pill for narcotic
Maksim Litinsky, beaten up Uber taxi driver Photo: L!FE

In Moscow traffic police officers have beaten up a 29-year-old Uber taxi driver after discovering a pill of Viagra in his pocket and mistaking it with narcotic.

Following the incident, 29-year-old taxi driver Maksim Litinsky filed a statement to law enforcement authorities.

According to the victim, traffic police officers mistook him for a drug addict, as they had found a tablet of Viagra in his pocket, and beaten him up on the road without clarifying the circumstances.

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The incident occurred at about 4 am on October 13 near the Chistye Prudy metro station. Maksim Litinsky was returning home after a change in the Uber taxi service; he was stopped by traffic police officers for an identity check, since an accident had occurred nearby. First, police officers checked the documents, and then they decided to inspect the interior of his vehicle. Then they began searching the taxi driver himself. Checking his pockets, they found half a tablet. Maksim Litinsky explained to the guards of order that was not a drug, but an analogue of Viagra. However, distrustful police officers thought it was ecstasy, and began drawing up a protocol in respect of the taxi driver.

As it turned out, the police devoted particular attention to the taxi driver because, in their opinion, he looked like a drug addict. However, Maksim Litinsky explained that he worked the night shift and was very sleepy, so he was not in a good shape at the time of the incident.

After the traffic police found the tablet and started making up the protocol, the taxi driver asked to call witnesses, however, the detainee’s legal requirements put the policemen out of temper. They knocked him down on the pavement and handcuffed him.

0d7d23c1b0278145974de2f2f0f27471__1920x.jpgThen the policemen put the taxi driver in a traffic police car and demanded that he signed the protocols drawn up by them, but he refused to do so, demanding examination. As a result, Maksim Litinsky was taken for examination to a narcological dispensary, where he passed all the required tests and analyzes. A report issued by the health facility stated that the man did not have any visible signs of alcohol or drug intoxication.

According to the affected taxi driver, the test results will be ready in 10 days. In the meantime, he is going to write a statement to the higher authorities to bring his abusers to justice, as he is fully certain of his rightness and the misconduct of traffic police officers.

In connection with this incident, the Moscow Police will conduct an investigation and identify the traffic police officers, who had beaten the taxi driver in the city center. 

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