A police officer and observer attacked Media Zone journalist David Frenkel at polling station N2219 in St. Petersburg. Arriving doctors diagnosed a media worker with a broken arm. The observer who attacked the correspondent was Dmitry Abramov, a former municipal deputy from United Russia, writes MediaAzona. He was identified by the victim himself.
David Frenkel said that he arrived at the station because of a message about an attempt to remove a member of the election commission with a casting vote. Frenkel noted that it is illegal and that it is possible to remove the TSRG only by court order. The police tried to kick the journalist, and when he refused to leave, they twisted his hand and hit him with his fist. One of the observers stepped on the correspondent’s foot, and then grabbed his broken arm.
Video of the attack on the journalist "Mediazones" pic.twitter.com/g3cRvYzAh0— Rain (@tvrain) June 30, 2020
The law enforcement officer who attacked Frenkel had a 009175 token with him. However, after the incident, he hid the token, the victim said. The policeman explained the lack of a token on the uniform by saying that "he lost it in the fight."
According to the editor-in-chief of Mediazona, Sergey Smirnov, Frenkel is in the hospital where he is taking tests for emergency surgery, as he has a fracture of the humerus. In a medical institution, he can stay until the end of the week. “Of course, we will turn to the Investigative Committee with a statement of crimes under article 144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (obstruction of the professional activities of a journalist) and 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, part 3 (abuse of authority with violence). It seems to me that these two articles should be in the possession of a police officer instead of a token” - Smirnov told reporters on Tuesday.
The State Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia claims that the journalist was removed from the site in the manner prescribed by law.
Dmitry Abramov, former municipal deputy from United Russia, participated in the attack on the Mediazona correspondent (pictured right) https://t.co/kxOmIKdLMF pic.twitter.com/zkhgp9u8cK— Mediazone (@mediazzzona) June 30, 2020