Police officers came to the presentation of comics by the artist Sasha Skochilenko, who was accused of being accused of being in Moscow, at the Open Space site. This was reported by the Agency, whose correspondent followed the online broadcast of the event.
About an hour and a half after the start of the presentation, which was attended by about 30 people, eight masked policemen came to the Open Space. They demanded that the audience leave the premises and began to inspect it. At the same time, at least two girls were laid on the floor, the Agency writes. After that, a man in civilian clothes, who participated in the inspection of the premises, turned off the broadcast.
How informs OVD-Info, the police detained several people in Open Space, including SOTA correspondent Lilian Rubtsova and photographer Sasha Astakhova. By words Astakhova’s sister, Mediazona journalist Elizaveta Nesterova, the security forces separated the media workers from other visitors and took them to the basement. Lawyers were not allowed to see the detainees.
It is reported that one of the detainees was beaten. Nesterova writes that the young man refused to show his passport, which is why he received several kicks in the head.
On March 17, police raided Moscow’s Underdog and La Virgen bars over suspicions that the establishments might be involved in funding the Ukrainian armed forces. As a result, 40 people were detained, most of them were released without protocols.
SOTA wrotethat after the appearance of the police in the bar, they began to play Shaman’s songs, “Lube” and the Russian anthem. According to one of the officers, the police forced the visitors to sing along, threatening them with stun guns.
After the incident, the owners of the Underdog and La Virgen bars apologized to customers and to the security forces for “wasting their time”, and also announced the departure of one of the founders of the establishments, Pavel Kosov.