Russian official reports electoral fraud in election near Moscow, gets beaten so badly his spleen ruptures

Stanislav Pozdnyakov had to be hospitalised after a group of eight men severely beat him and another man

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Tuesday 05 May 2015 16:00
The man was said to have witnessed ballot box stuffing
The man was said to have witnessed ballot box stuffing

A Russian official who witnessed and reported electoral fraud taking place at a local election outside of Moscow has been hospitalised with a ruptured spleen after a group of men attacked and savagely beat him.

According to The Moscow Times, Stanislav Pozdnyakov saw people ballot-box stuffing at the election in Balashikha, an area in the Moscow Oblast, near Moscow.

He flagged the issue on Sunday, after which a group of eight men arrived in a BMW car with no number plates. The men then beat Pozdnyakov and another man, Dmitry Nesterov, Pozdnyakov’s friend Dmitry Georgiyevsky told Russian site OVD Info.

Pozdnyakov reported the incident to the police.

Three days later he discovered he was bleeding and was rushed to the Sklifosovsky hospital in Moscow where his spleen was removed.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in