Moscow democracy protester Daria Sosnovskaya says blow left her unable to breathe as she was hauled away to police station

Russia’s interior ministry has opened an investigation after a video went viral showing a riot police officer punching a woman in the stomach during a protest for free elections.

The video shows a young woman dragged by two masked policemen in riot gear, with one of them punching her in the stomach so he can reach down to pick up a baton. The images provoked outrage in the media and on social networks.

Мент бьет кулаком в живот девушке. pic.twitter.com/vhHZUix8UV

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