At night the activists heard a working harvester (a special machine to cut down trees) and went to stop it. They succeed, but then they were attacked by bandits (some of them wore masks) and security guards from Vityaz’. The activists were thrown onto the ground and beaten. As a result, several people were injured, including Yaroslav Nikitenko whose fingers were dislocated. Unknown people grab Oleg Kopyev’s head and bate him against a tree. It was possible to recognize some of the attackers - they had already confronted the activists in the summer of 2010. The thugs threatened the activists to be ”buried in the forest”.
Policeman Mr. Romadin arrived to the scene of the crime about two hours after the attack had begun. He stopped the clashes and ordered to stop cutting down of trees. Evgenia Chirikova went to the police department and wrote an official complain about the crime. Meanwhile, the tires of several activists’ cars were punctured by unknown attackers.
In the morning, the PSC guards encircled the camp. Cutting down was stopped near the Sheremetyevo Airport but began near Vashutino village. The activists got up in front of the machinery to block the cutting down of trees again. They were grabbed by the private guards. Two people were injured: Yaroslav Nikitenko’s ribs were squeezed and they threatened to "pull out his clavicle”, an employee of Vityaz’ hit Oleg Melnikov into the liver. Then the gangsters came to aid the private securities. One of them - in a green shirt - was recognized as the very man who smashed the face of Alexey Belykh a day before.
Police arrived about midday. The defenders of the forest asked the police to put a post to guard the camp/ Lt. Col. of police Mr. Goldobin refused. No investigation of beatings or any attempts to detain the attackers were made despite the fact that the criminals were seen again near environmentalists’ camp.
About 6:00 PM activists approached the place of illegal clearing near Klyaz’ma river where securities and bandits were also seen. A working harvester was found. Six of the bandits in civil clothes introduced themselves as a “the group of immediate response” of the PSC Vityaz’. They confronted activists and journalists in a very rude manner by pushing them and grabbing their hands clearly trying to prevent them from passing to the clearing. No fences, signs or notices were found, no papers were shown.
Journalist from Klin News newspaper Mr. Yury Samsonov was also confronted despite he wore special uniform with notices clearly designating his profession. Thus, another crime was done since preventing journalists from working is forbidden by Russian law.
Securities were co-ordinated by an ununiformed man who had been seen before by activists in similar situations. He personally threatened and offended the journalist.
Voices on video:
A thug: - Hey, “article”, I’ll just cut your ears off!
The jornalist: - Say it loud, about ears, again!
Somebody else: - Stop attack press!
The thug: - We’ll meet again!
The journalist called police and announced that unknown persons prevented him from working, and were also attacking other persons – and asked police for immediate reaction. After this call he was physically assaulted, thrown onto the ground. His camera (Kodak EasyShare Z915) was taken away. He was beaten and got multiple body injures (which required medical treatment later). Having no choice, the journalist was forced to fight back. Activists came to help and pushed attackers back. The journalist’s camera was not found at place, perhaps stolen by the attackers.
See for more details:
Radio Liberty (video)