Police came to the Moscow bars Underdog and La Virgen because of the suspicion that the establishments may be involved in financing the armed forces of Ukraine, TASS reports citing law enforcement agencies.
eyewitnesses reported “OVD-Info” that the police came to the bars with a sledgehammer and electric shocks. At around 9 p.m., messages appeared on the social networks of the establishments that they were closed. “We will tell you all the details later, or you will learn them from friends,” says Instagram Underdog.
Telegram channel SOTA writesthat the riot police left Underdog around ten in the evening. The channel reports that law enforcement officers forced one of the visitors to write the letter “Z” and the words “For Russia” on the door of the institution.
According to SOTA, the music repertoire in the bar itself changed after the appearance of the police. The correspondent of the channel heard the songs Shaman, “Lube”, as well as “Blue Handkerchief” and “Hey, oh, yes, my black horse.”
In turn, Mediazona, citing an Underdog employee who wished to remain anonymous, writesthat the police forced visitors to sing along, threatening them with stun guns, and also asked people with tattoos to undress.
At the same time, lawyer Konstantin Erokhin published a screenshot of a correspondence with, presumably, one of the detainees, which says that the police used electric shocks on the detainees, and also forced them to sing the national anthem.
Later, OVD-Info wrote that among the visitors and staff of both establishments there were detainees who were taken to the police department in the Basmanny district. Human rights activists did not specify their number. Lawyers were not allowed to see the detainees.
According to the human rights project “The First Department”, in total were detained about 40 people. Most of them have already been released. They say that they were interrogated by FSB officers at the police station.
Telegram channel “Caution, news” clarifiesthat the employees of law enforcement agencies explained the incident with “planned verification activities.”