MOSCOW, March 10 – RIA Novosti. The inspection did not reveal any cases of beating of Novaya Gazeta journalists who covered uncoordinated actions in Moscow last winter, Oleg Baranov, head of the Moscow Interior Ministry's headquarters, said in the Moscow City Duma on Wednesday.
After the January 23 rally, Novaya Gazeta stated that the special correspondent of the publication, Elizaveta Kirpanova, who covered the event, had been hit on the head by the security forces with a truncheon.
“As for the journalists of Novaya Gazeta, as far as I know, we carried out an inspection, and in none of the cases of infliction of any damage was it established. These materials were sent to the Investigative Committee for Moscow, where an appropriate decision will be made on them.” – said Baranov in response to the question of the deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Stupin.
He added that, in his opinion, the Moscow police did not violate the law during their work on uncoordinated actions. “The materials of the checks, absolutely everything, have been sent to the Investigative Committee for the city of Moscow,” Baranov added.
According to the Union of Journalists of Russia (UJR), more than 40 journalists were detained at the rallies on January 23 and one was injured. On January 31, about 60 journalists were detained and six people were “hit with truncheons.” On February 2, eight people were detained, one blogger wearing a vest with the inscription “Press” was beaten.
The head of the UJR Vladimir Solovyov, in a conversation with RIA Novosti, earlier reminded law enforcement officers of responsibility for attacks on journalists and their detention for a long time. According to him, in the near future these incidents will be discussed in all districts with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Guard.