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Moscow Residents Assaulted for Protesting Against Construction in Park

In a tiny hours of Tuesday morning, a organisation of uniformed group arrived by train during a renouned park in northern Moscow and pounded several internal residents who were camping there in criticism opposite a construction of football comforts in a park.

One lady postulated a conduct damage and was taken together with another assaulted protester to a sanatorium Tuesday. Several group were incarcerated by military who were benefaction during a stage though who activists contend did zero to forestall a attacks.

As shortly as a protesters had been forced out of a construction site by group who seemed to be employees of a private confidence company, a complicated machine and excavators that a internal residents had been gripping during brook — including by regulating themselves as tellurian shields — rolled into a park.

Numerous requests for criticism filed by The Moscow Times to City Hall, Moscow city military headquarters, city park government group Mosgorpark, Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena Luzhniki construction association and City Hall’s construction dialect went unanswered Tuesday.

Covert Operation

The dispute between activists protesting opposite a construction of football fields, a parking lot and several executive buildings in Park Druzhby, and metropolitan craving Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena Luzhniki, that started a construction on those projects, has been underneath approach for some-more than dual weeks now.

Bolshaya Sportivnaya Arena Luzhniki’s categorical plan is a reformation of a categorical Luzhniki Stadium for a 2018 World Cup, though in further to that, a company’s website says it is building football fields in several Moscow districts.

Stories of internal residents around Russia protesting opposite construction or dispersion work by organizing rallies and camping during construction sites to impede a builders are a common occurrence. It is not surprising for protesters to be threatened or even for aroused clashes to mangle out between protesters and group operative for private confidence companies hired by a developers.

“The dusk before [the attack], a lights in a park had been incited off, it was representation black,” Andrei Novichkov, an romantic with a architectural refuge classification Arkhnadzor who was in a park that night, told The Moscow Times on Tuesday. “And during around 4 a.m. [they] started to hurl construction apparatus and excavators onto a site.”

The construction machine was accompanied by some 30 group wearing black uniforms with a letters “KOBR” printed on a back, Novichkov recalled. They started violence activists who attempted to forestall a excavators from entering a site.

Protesters called a police, who arrived during a stage one hour after a attack began. Police officers didn’t meddle with a fights, that were ongoing, and when a activists asked for help, they incarcerated several of a protesters, Novichkov said, “despite a fact that a group in black didn’t have any papers with them [proving they had a right to be during a site and force activists out of it].”

Men in Masks

“When we arrived during a park, we saw some-more than 30 group in black uniforms … About 10 of them were wearing black masks that totally lonesome their faces,” pronounced Yelena Shuvalova, a Moscow City Duma emissary who went to a stage after protesters called her in a center of a night and asked for help.

“A military officer was there too. we asked him to explain what was going on, though he refused to do so,” Shuvalova, a member of a Communist coterie in a City Duma, told The Moscow Times in a phone talk Tuesday.

“So we called [the police] once again and asked them to send someone who would be means to contend what was happening,” she said.

The conduct of a internal military dialect and his emissary arrived, though they weren’t means to explain a conditions to her either, Shuvalova said.

“I demanded that they settle who a group in black were. The emissary checked a papers of usually dual of them for some reason,” a politician said. “They showed him papers observant they were from Cossack organizations from opposite tools of Moscow,” she added.

Cossacks, who historically lived in semi-military communities and ensured law and sequence underneath tsarist rule, have in new years resurged to inflection in quasi-militant groups that benefaction themselves as a guardians of normal values.

Activists and media reports pronounced that a group were employees of a private confidence group named KOBR, though a executive Viktor Zaplatin denied his association had anything to do with what happened in a park this week, observant a group doesn’t have any contracts with a construction company.

“Any private confidence group has to brand itself entirely on a uniforms. If it were a private confidence agency, it should have pronounced ‘Private Security Agency KOBR,’” Zaplatin told The Moscow Times in a phone talk Tuesday. He combined that his employees do not wear uniforms like those ragged by a enemy in a park.

Zaplatin certified that KOBR is an acronym for a Cossack squad, and pronounced he was a Cossack “ataman” (commander) himself. He claimed that his group would never take on a pursuit like this.

“This wasn’t about providing confidence or protection. Private confidence guards can’t be concerned in anything like this,” he said.

Novichkov from Arkhnadzor pronounced that internal residents had famous some of a assailants as carrying aggressively taken partial in several other identical confrontations in a neighborhood.

“They were only hired thugs,” he told The Moscow Times.

Police Promise

Shuvalova from a Moscow City Duma pronounced she had submitted a minute censure to Moscow military arch Anatoly Yakunin’s bureau immediately after her revisit to a park.

“I went true to Petrovka 38 [the domicile of a Moscow police] and filed a complaint,” she told The Moscow Times.

Shortly afterward, she got a call from one of his deputies who told her a box would be investigated thoroughly, she said.

In a meantime, construction work in a park continues, pronounced Novichkov, and a tale is apparently distant from over.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, a group in black remained in a park, preventing some 50 protesters from interfering with construction work that was in full swing, romantic Maria Belyayeva told The Moscow Times.

A ask for criticism to a construction association from The Moscow Times went unanswered by announcement time.

Earlier media reports cited construction dialect spokespeople as observant that dual football fields and a sports belligerent were due to be built in Park Druzhby.

The dialect stipulated that there would be no vital construction or slicing down of trees, and pronounced all a work would be carried out by 2016.

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Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/529642.html

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