A Russian reporter was only trying to cover celebrations in Moscow on Wednesday, marking a national holiday in honor of Russia’s Airborne Troops, but he paid dearly for it.
The correspondent, working for Russian television network NTV, was reporting live from Moscow’s Gorky Square, where veterans of Russia’s paratrooper force gather each Aug. 2 to celebrate the national Day of Russia’s Airborne Troops. The tradition is praised by few Russians, however, as the war vets typically partake in the overconsumption of alcohol and engage in various roughshod activities.
This particular celebration was no different, and it resulted in a bad day for the unfortunate reporter. As he was attempting to praise Russia’s paratroopers, calling them some of the most prestigious units in which Russian military conscripts can serve, a belligerent war vet accosted him from behind.
To say the reporter was assaulted is almost an understatement. The drunk Russian shouted profane insults at the media member before punching him hard in the face. The news station filming the event was forced to cut away from the scene, returning to the news anchor in the studio who appeared disturbed and lost for words as the perpetrator continued to chase the Russian reporter.
A video clip posted to the Russian television network’s Twitter account reveals the frightening incident, while other photos surfacing from Moscow show other bloodied and bruised men.
Authorities arrested the assailant and took him to a local police station. They claimed he had no connection with Russia’s airborne troops.
Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs will now be forced to deploy additional forces to patrol cities and towns across Russia on Aug. 2.
— НТВ (@ntvru) August 2, 2017
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