Russian Policeman Fired For ‘Beating’ Journalist

Russian officials have launched an investigation into the alleged beating of a female journalist by a police official in the western town of Moskovsky, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.

Russian Investigative Committee officials said on April 4 that Aleksei Klimov, Moskovsky’s acting police chief, has been relieved of his post for allegedly beating journalist Natalya Seibil on April 3.

Seibil told journalists on April 4 that Klimov attacked and beat her near her apartment block when she made a comment about the parking of his car. She claimed that Klimov was drunk at the time.

Seibil is a television journalist who hosted the Russian First Channel’s popular “Let Them Talk” show.

Russian Investigative Committee officials said the former policeman’s behavior was classified as “hooliganism and battery.” A criminal case against him was officially launched today.

Moskovsky is located in the Moscow Oblast.

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