Security forces raid Moscow bars suspected of funding Armed Forces of Ukraine

18 March, 02:56 PM
In Moscow, law enforcement officers broke into bars suspected of financing the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Photo:SOTA)

In Moscow, law enforcement officers broke into bars suspected of financing the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Photo:SOTA)

Police in Moscow conducted a raid on two bars, Underdog and La Virgen, based on suspicions that the establishments were funding the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and during the raids they compelled patrons to sing songs by the band Lyube and draw symbols related to Russian aggression.

The incidents were reported by both state and opposition media in Russia.

Police came to the Moscow bars “in connection with the suspected involvement of the establishments in financing the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” the Russian state news agency TASS reported at around 8.50 p.m. (Kyiv time).

The raids were also reported by the independent Russian human rights organization OVD-Info, with reference to eyewitnesses.

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According to the SOTA Telegram channel, law enforcement officers compelled a patron of the bar to inscribe the letter Z and the phrase “For Russia” on the establishment’s door.

In the bar itself, they played the songs of Shaman, the band Lyube, as well as other songs.

An employee of the Underdog bar, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Mediazona Telegram Channel that the police officers forced patrons to sing along, threatened them with stun guns, and instructed individuals with tattoos to remove their clothes.

At around 10 p.m., riot police left the bars.

According to the Telegram channel Ostrozhno Novosti, the security forces described the events as “scheduled verification measures.”

OVD-Info later reported that some visitors at both establishments were detained, although the exact number of detainees was not specified.

The detainees were questioned by FSB officers at local offices. Approximately 40 individuals were detained in total, with the majority already having been released, human rights project Pervy Otdel reported on Telegram.

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