CASE #219
10 / 08 / 2020
  • Special Purpose Police Unit OMON
Type of violation
  • Abduction
  • Arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Physical assaults (other)
  • Use of excessive force
International classification of violations
  • Right to freedom of peaceful assembly
  • Right to liberty and security of person

Time: daytime

Place/Location: Prospect Pobeditelej 19. From 1.54s - Prospect pobeditelej 4 (Sport Palace). From 1.58s - Prospect Pobeditelej 2-5

Identity of the victim(s): numerous young males in civilian clothes

Identity of the perpetrator(s): Special Purpose Police Unit OMON

Multiple detentions of civilians by fully-equipped and masked OMON.

First incident :
Three young civilian males got violently detained by five or six fully-equipped and masked OMON officers (triangle insignia 720, 722). The detainees resisted, throwing punches at the policemen and trying to get away, as they got dragged by the policemen towards a dark van. One or two bystanders tried to help the detainees in vain: they got pushed away by the police.

Second incident: three fully-equipped and masked OMON officers brutally apprehended a young male civilian. He got hit by an officer at some point during the sequence as he was trying to get away with the help of two other civilian bystanders. The detainee then fell to the ground with an officer above him. They both got back to their feet and then a few other bystanders came closer but were pushed away by some more OMON policemen that were trying to intimidate them (a woman even started shouting and crying).
Two OMON then started chasing after a male civilian.
At 00:40: a civilian sprayed something in the face of an OMON officer. He then got violently apprehended and dragged away towards a van by three or four other OMON. The detainee had his hands on his head and was bent over. He tried resisting a bit but was unsuccessful and got kicked once or twice.
Another young male civilian also got carried, dragged and detained in a rather brutal way by two OMON officers.

Third incident : a young female civilian got violently thrown into a van by three fully-equipped masked OMON. Then, two other civilians were also taken into the van in a less aggressive way this time. The van seemed rather full with protesters.

Then in another sequence: a young woman explained the president is afraid of his own people and that was the reason so many nonviolent and peaceful civilians were getting arrested.

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