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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

District Deputy Denies Assaulting Policeman

The lawyer for a local legislator on Wednesday denied media reports that his client had attacked a police officer and broken several cervical vertebrae.

Citi-FM reported on Tuesday that Kirill Raikov had beaten a policeman during a session of the Prospekt Vernadskogo district assembly, on which he serves.

"There were three [police officers] and [Raikov] was alone. How could he have possibly hurt them?" said Raikov's lawyer, Leonid Olshansky. "This story has been cooked up by the police."

The lawyer alleged that district authorities had orchestrated the incident, which saw Raikov carted off to jail for five hours, because they did not want him to become head of the district assembly. A vote was held in his absence, and another deputy was elected.

"Raikov is an inconvenient deputy for the district authorities, so they used the police as their weapon," Olshansky said. District police could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

In comments published Wednesday by Noviye Izvestia, however, the police chief for the Prospekt Vernadskogo district, Dmitry Burgatsevich, said his officers had not roughed up Raikov, as the deputy maintains.

"Who is this deputy anyway, some kind of big cheese? He has no immunity whatsoever," Burgatsevich said.

Olshansky said his client was rushing to attend the leadership vote. He was driving in his Moskvich at around 4 p.m. when he came upon a police van blocking the road.

Raikov stopped and blew his horn to attract the attention of the officers in the van. The officers asked Raikov for his Identification, which he produced, but police refused to allow the assemblyman to pass, Olshansky said.

Raikov got back into his car and drove around the van, failing to notice that the police were in pursuit. Three officers tackled Raikov on the steps of the assembly building, the lawyer said.