Russian official wrestles reporter to the ground after he quizzes him

Incredible moment Russian official wrestles TV reporter to the ground after he asked him if he spent government money on building his mansion

  • The irate head of a district in Siberia is seen grabbing the microphone  
  • Sergei Zaitsev, 52, was angry over questions on how he afforded his new home
  • Reporter quizzed him on whether money from a wildfire disaster fund was used 

This is the moment a pro-Vladimir Putin Russian official floored a TV journalist who quizzed him about alleged corruption.

The irate head of a district in Siberia is seen grabbing the microphone of state television channel journalist Ivan Litomin before wrestling him in a violent attack.

Burly bureaucrat Sergei Zaitsev, 52, was angry over questions on how he afforded his palatial newly-built mansion.

The reporter quizzed him on whether money from a £61 million fund for rebuilding homes destroyed by wildfires in 2015 had been diverted to fund construction of his private home.

The irate head of a district in Siberia is seen grabbing the microphone of state television channel journalist Ivan Litomin

Zaitsev – sitting at his desk – demanded: ‘What the hell are you doing here?’

The official – head of Shirinsky district in Khakassia region – told the 25-year-old reporter several times to ‘go away’.

As Zaitsev stood up and got physically aggressive, shoving Litomin, the journalist asked him: ‘Why are you pushing me?

The official – head of Shirinsky district in Khakassia region – told the 25-year-old reporter several times to ‘go away’

‘I have more questions for you. I still have a question about you house….’

The district chief demanded: ‘Is it a suitable question?’

Litomin replied: ‘Yes, it is. Who built your house?’

Local reports say the house was constructed by a company that won a lucrative contract from Zaitsev to rebuild a sewage system in the area for new homes for those made homeless by the wildfires – who claim their new houses are of poor quality.

Local reports say the house was constructed by a company that won a lucrative contract from Zaitsev to rebuild a sewage system in the area for new homes for those made homeless by the wildfires

‘Why the hell are you linking my house and the sewage?’ demanded the apparatchik.

He failed to answer the question over whether labourers paid from the state budget constructed this mansion, but instead grabbed Litomin’s microphone, then wrestled and floored him.

From the ground, Litomin demanded that Zaitsev’s aide should not touch the camera.

From the ground, Litomin demanded that Zaitsev’s aide should not touch the camera

‘Your camera will fly through the window,’ stormed Zaitsev as aides including his female secretary tried to calm the fracas.

Rossiya 24 screened footage the violent attack which caused the reporter ‘physical pain’.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a case into preventing a journalist from doing his job.

Zaitsev was earlier jailed for four years for ‘negligence’ over the destruction of 1,500 homes by raging fires which killed 30, and left 54 wounded

Zaitsev belonged to Russia’s main pro-Vladimir Putin United Russia party which today expelled him

If convicted he could face up to six years jail.

The committee will also probe the allegations about use of state funds for building his mansion.

Zaitsev was earlier jailed for four years for ‘negligence’ over the destruction of 1,500 homes by raging fires which killed 30, and left 54 wounded.

He was later freed in an amnesty.

He went back to his job but is also under scrutiny amid complaints from residents of newly build homes over the shoddy workmanship in these properties.

He belonged to Russia’s main pro-Vladimir Putin United Russia party which today expelled him.

Khakassia is a favourite region for Putin to go on holiday.

 

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