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Riot police in Russia punch a women in stomach during a protest for free elections

Russia’s interior ministry has launched an investigation after a video went viral showing a riot police officer punching a woman in the stomach during a protest for free elections. The footage shows Daria Sosnovskaya, 26, being dragged by two masked police officers in riot gear, with one of them punching her in the stomach before reaching down to pick up a baton. The images provoked outrage in the media and on social networks.

Sosnovskaya, in an interview to the Mediazona website, said she was dragged away by police for protesting against the detention of a disabled man. A decision to block opposition candidates from running for election to Moscow’s city parliament has prompted a wave of protests that are among the largest since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012.
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    Looking at the height and build of the cop I think its a woman

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    Voice says in Russian, what a hero, punched a girl, put on a mask, hit the girl, and will get away with it, nobody will recognise him, he has no badge

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    Letting opposition candidates stand risks the people voting the wrong way.

    Populism must be avoided.

    The Guardian taught me that…

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    Серёга Цыплаков мы тебя найдём ты мразь ходи оглядывайся мы уже знаем где твоя хата

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    winded her to stop her screaming ! omg

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    This is how Putin raises up all his followers. Beat up/kill the weak, cover yourself so no-one will know who you are.

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    Russian authorities have no morals never had.

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    Not content with just assuming genders, Guardian now assumes the plurality of genders too. Transphobic singularphobes.

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    Duh ! Russians are women beaters. They can’t try that on an American woman because they will beat him up

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    Wth you don’t women! And especially not there! She could be pregnant you thugs!

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