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‘Activists’ Attack St. Petersburg Bordellos, Forcing Women to March Nude to Police

Women forced to walk nude through the streets en route to a police station. “Activists” captured them for practicing prostitution. Image: Life.ru

Women forced to walk nude through the streets en route to a police station. “Activists” captured them for practicing prostitution. Image: Life.ru

In the midnight hours between May 17 and 18, a group of men led by the former kickboxer Viacheslav Datsik forced their way into a brothel in St. Petersburg, smashing a hole in the front door. They then rounded up the women (and one man) they found inside the building (about 11 people, altogether), before shoving them outside and making them march through the streets, completely nude, to a local police station.

When the group arrived at the station, all the officers on duty reportedly stopped what they were doing, hurrying to find clothes for the women and make sense of what was happening. Datsik quietly filed a formal report and slipped out. He and his accomplices then attempted another attack on a second establishment, that same night.

Asked why his men forced their prisoners to walk the streets naked, Datsik sarcastically told the news website Fontanka, “The country should know its heroes.”

According to Fontanka, Datsik even forced his hostages to listen to a lecture about the ills of “paid love,” while ordering them to remove their clothes.

Datsik’s invasion spree ended at a motel, where he was finally subdued by security guards and turned over to law enforcement. While prostitution is illegal in Russia, the only reported charges now being prepared by St. Petersburg police are against Datsik (for hooliganism and intentional property damage).

One of the self-described “activists” working with Datsik filmed the group’s raid on the first bordello, and later turned the video over to the tabloid Life.ru (formerly Lifenews). The news network published that footage (accessible here, though readers should be aware that the content is extremely disturbing), blurring only the women’s bodies, but not their faces. At one moment in the video, a nude woman is caught trying to escape Datsik’s gang. One of his men holds her by the throat against a wall, as she pleads, “Please leave me alone. Please.”

Life.ru broadcasts footage from an attack by Viacheslav Datsik and his men on women at a presumed brothel. (Faces blurred by Global Voices.)

Life.ru broadcasts footage from an attack by Viacheslav Datsik and his men on women at a presumed brothel. (Faces blurred by Global Voices, not Life.ru.)

Alexey Kovalev, a Russian journalist and the creator of NoodleRemover.news (which uncovers dirty dealings and dishonest reporting in the Kremlin-controlled Russian media), drew attention to Life.ru's decision to show the women's faces, writing on Facebook:

Нельзя работать на Лайфньюс. Нельзя даже за руку здороваться с теми, у кого пресскарта Ньюсмедиа. Нельзя говорить “ну да, упыри, зато хорошие профессионалы и Габрелянов выстроил эффективный медиахолдинг”. “Фёлькишер беобахтер” тоже был эффективным медиахолдингом.

Don't ever work at Lifenews. If somebody carries a press pass from Lifenews, don't even shake their damned hand. And don't ever say, “Yeah, those are are monsters, but they're professionals and Gabrelyanov [the news agency's founder] put together an effective media group.” Völkischer Beobachter [the newspaper of the German Nazi Party] was an effective media group, too.

Viacheslav Datsik is a former kickboxer and mixed martial artist. Calling himself the “Red Tarzan,” he is a convicted criminal, having served time in prison for robbery, belonging to an organized criminal group, money forgery, and more. Datsik has obsessive anti-Semitic and anti-Christian views, calling himself a Slavic pagan. During a mixed martial arts match in 2001, referees had to restrain him with a forearm choke hold, when he didn’t respond to the bell, signaling the end of the fight. In August 2010, he even escaped prison and illegally crossed into Norway, where he was eventually captured and ultimately deported back to Russia. In March 2016, just two months ago, Datsik was released.

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  • Jesper

    Great guy! Great action! To those who are not familiar with the situation – all prostitution and brothel are formally illegal in St Petersburg but all the bus stops are filled with flyers with brothel phone numbers and the police seem do little if anything to stop that. It was a Concerned citizens initiative action in order to “help” police to do their duties.

    • And what if these women are the victims of human trafficking and were forced into prostitution – as is very common in most countries incl. Russia?

      • giuviv

        actually whether these women are victims of human trafficking or choose prostitution for more prosaic or any other reasons, the sickness is in the minds of those like Jesper. A person who enjoys the humiliation of others in such a manner, who enjoys the spectacle of such humiliation surely is a pathological ‘human being’. Its seems rather pointless discussing anything with people with such a clearly fascist mentality.

    • nodomino

      If you believe that Jesper, you have a hearty appetite for bullshit. This is sadism masquerading as morality.

  • Morksuggan

    Why do not they make the owners of the bordellos walk nude? Ooh i forgot, if they are learned a lessen then they will pay money to Putlers gang in the future. This disgusting.

  • LogicAli

    Just what russia needs more n-natsie morality police to impose their will on others.

  • tvwatcher2012

    i think they should simply have made the GUYS who were paying for the sex march nude in public, and the GUYS (AND MAYBE SOME GALS) that were trafficking the women march public, and the government officials and authorities that get kick backs from organized crime march nude

  • notleftnotright

    Again, what ever the social issue in Russia, this illustrates that criminals and St George Nationalist mafia rule backward Russia.

  • Shame shame shame ding ding ding.

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  • 17monkeyboy

    I wonder if this hero violated his parole. He is someone who needs to be locked up far away from humans.

  • Cara Dewitt

    I do not know anything about Russian prostitution , but I do not believe many women willingly use their bodies to satisfy hundreds of men , it is not a natural thing to aspire to . to be degraded even more is very disturbing . I see no hero’s here , just further abuse of women .

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