Russian police raided a Moscow nightclub on Sunday, August 6 — an incident that a witness declared to be unprecedented in its severity. “I haven’t seen such violence before in my music and club experience in Moscow,” the witness said the excessive force displayed during the raid.
Several attendees at Rabitza, the nightclub targeted by police, were detained by men dressed in “plain clothes.” As the scene developed, policemen sporting body armor entered the club wielding batons and clubbed several staff members as well.
Police reportedly took eight staff members into custody, flanked by ten club goers. Two those detained were charged, with one the counders Ivan Radzievsky having been brought in for drug fenses. Radzievsky was later released by police, but is not permitted to leave Moscow. The ten Rabitza attendees were likewise released.
The nightclub was previously inspected by police a month ago, although police notably announced themselves before entering the venue. A video the August 6th raid has since surfaced and may be viewed below.