The Moscow mayor’s office has distanced themselves from the attack of the Cossacks with the whips on the protesters

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Photo: Alexander Miridonov / Kommersant

People in Cossack uniform, who behaved aggressively towards the protesters in Moscow on may 5, has no relationship to the city authorities. About this “Interfax” said the head of the Department of regional security of Moscow Vladimir Chernikov.

“The calculation of forces and means to ensure the security of any of the Cossacks, of course, was not. They were not involved in any government or police to maintain public order,” he says.

Chernikov said that the mayor’s office supports a large number of social movements, including the Cossack associations that do participate “in protected activity.”

During uncoordinated rally in Pushkin square between protesters and people in the Cossack form there were skirmishes, and this was reported including Kommersant, RBC and owned by the family Demyan Kudryavtsev, the newspaper “Vedomosti”. “Interfax” notes that people in Cossack uniform whipping protesters with whips.

According to RBC, in 2016 the city of Moscow has concluded with the Central Cossack army (TSKV) 11 contracts for a total amount of 37.6 million rubles. Including three contracts signed for training of the Cossacks “necessary knowledge and applied skills” for the security of mass events in the capital.

However, as told “Kommersant” one of the participants in the brawl, a member of the Union of volunteers of the Donbas and the party of the Cossack organization of the “First hundred” Vasily Boxes, the majority of the Cossacks at the rally had nothing to TSKV. According to Ashikawa is nereestrovyh Cossacks, that is, those who are not associated with government. “Was “Crimean regiment” is also just a public Cossack organization. The circle if you want. Just people who go about their business, and in his spare time, meet and cut a sword empty bottle”, — he explained.

The interlocutor of the newspaper claims that the Cossacks came to the rally just to talk to the opposition. “I went because I Cossack blogger, the camera filming the life of the Cossacks. This is decided and the story to film, to make a post in the blog,” said Crates, adding that the protesters began to behave aggressively, so I had to “defend itself and fight back.”

TSKV said that the Cossacks were may 5 at Pushkin square, but not engaged in law enforcement and “any wrongdoing was not involved”.

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