A police officer is being investigated after allegedly trying to take a pregnant woman’s driving license after she failed to make way for his car.
The woman was pulled over on Kutuzovsky Prospect. She says she explained to the officer that she had been unable to make way for the government car because the other lanes were blocked.
In response, the officer insulted her; the woman’s husband claims the policeman threatened him with a gun after he enquired about the officer’s name.
The policeman could now face disciplinary charges pending the investigation.
This is not the first case involving Russian policemen’s dubious behavior towards women. Back in April 2011, a policeman attacked a journalist and news editor at one of Russia’s top TV channels, Natalya Seybil.
Seybil claimed the policeman tried to flirt with her, but after she rejected his advances, he jumped out of the car, grabbed her hair and punched her in the face.
This comes months after a wide reform of Russian militia that included its thorough re-branding. In doing so, the authorities hoped that the new “police” will behave differently.