Russian man claims to have been assaulted by police for being gay

TOPSHOT - Russian police officers patrol on the Red Square in central Moscow on April 2, 2017, as Russian opposition promised protests after police detained hundreds of people during anti-corruption rallies. Russsian President Vladimir Putin on March 30 insisted that participants in unauthorised protests must be punished after anti-corruption rallies across the country at the weekend ended in mass arrests. More than 1,000 people were arrested in Moscow on March 26 during an anti-corruption protest, one of the largest unauthorised rallies to take place during Putin's 17 years in power as president or prime minister. / AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

A 55-year-old gay man identified under the name Valery has accused a police officer in Moscow, Russia, of punching and kicking him in the head, according to the statement on behalf of the Russian LGBT right group Stimul, published by PinkNews. The man wanted to inquire why the authorities had looked for him at his place while he was not home, noting that fact that his last interaction with the Russian police happened 4 years ago, when he legally complained on his neighbor. Valery was led to a room with two police officers. It is unclear what exactly happened next, but Valery said he suggested that one of the officers, who he remembers as having a beard, expressed homophobic views and started punching him. The officer in question allegedly punched him in the head while holding keys in his fist, and then pushed him outside of the room so heavily that the man fell down and injured his head. The police responded to the complain, denying Valery’s accusation and claiming that he behaved inadequately and injured himself.


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