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Russia protests: "a police colonel tried to gouge someone's eyes out"

After groups of opposition supporters were pushed, carried and kicked into police vans on Sunday at demonstrations in Moscow and St Petersburg, the Russian Web has been flooded with brutal images of the event. Read more and see the videos...

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After groups of opposition supporters were pushed, carried and kicked into police vans on Sunday at demonstrations in Moscow and St Petersburg, the Russian Web has been flooded with brutal images of the event.

Opposition demonstrations are not welcomed by the Russian authorities. When protestors gathered in the country's two biggest cities on Sunday, police started arresting participants just moments after the march had begun. Brought together by the anti-Kremlin coalition "Other Russia," protestors chanted slogans like "Russia without Putin!" before they were removed by armed police officers. Around 160 people were arrested in the two cities, including the head of the banned National Bolshevik Party, Eduard Limonov, and opposition leader Garry Kasparov.

 

Video posted by "Dreamzomby". Opposition supporters gathered in St Petersburg. At 2 min 30 into the video the police start to arrest people and lead them into the bus. After 4 min 30 the police become violent with unwilling arrestees.

Video posted by Tarlith. Opposition supporters arrested in Moscow try to escape from the police van they're detained in. Below: photos taken in Moscow.

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Photos posted by Konstantin Rubakhin on Livejournal.

 

 

Photos posted by Vladimir Astapkovich.

"A girl demanded that the colonel stop crippling the man"

Anastasia posted this eyewitness account on an opposition forum.

I didn't get to the march, nor to the meeting. The police grabbed me near Gostinka [Gostiny Dvor shopping centre] and pulled me into the prison bus. I asked to see their IDs and asked them why I was being arrested, but got no answer. Inside the bus, it was a mess. A police colonel (judging by the number of stars on his epaulets) tried to gouge someone's eyes out. He'd approached the man near Gostinka and promised that he'd push his eyes into his head, and now, in the bus, he really started to do it. A girl demanded that the colonel stop crippling the man, but the cop grabbed her by the face and started to twist her nose. After that he yelled: "Everybody down!", and he and another cop started to beat the arrested with their batons. Then the bus moved on, and the stars of the "colonel" miraculously disappeared.

In the police station where we were taken, everybody got article 19.3 [disobeying a police officer], which was a lie - no one had resisted. The reason was that with this article they can keep you in for 48 hours instead of 3 hours for a 20.2 article [violation of demonstration or meeting rules]. Then they brought everybody to court... A cop said that they would call the judges who would immediately make a decision, without any lawyers present. Most probably, he said, you'll all be sent to jail for 15 days. That was a crude law violation. But they don't care about the law.

I was the only person with a 19.3 whom they let go. Perhaps I wrote a good complaint, or they were scared by my asthma attack (it was hard to breeze in the stuffed room, I used my inhaler, but it didn't help immediately). Today I'll call the others, I have their mobile numbers.

PS: I don't want to let them get away with this eye-gouging incident. I want to convince the young man to file a lawsuit."