Russia detains surgeon who punched patient, causing death

Published: January 11, 2016
Russian police patrol the Red Square in Moscow. PHOTO: AFP

Russian police patrol the Red Square in Moscow. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW: Russia on Monday detained a surgeon and prepared to jail him pending trial after he punched a patient causing his death in a brutal attack captured on video.

The surgeon from the southern Russian city of Belgorod, 359 miles (577 kilometres) south of Moscow, was caught on security camera punching a male patient in the face, causing him to fall backwards and die from a head injury.

On Monday, Russia’s Investigative Committee said the doctor has been detained on the basis of “new information on the crime”, without specifying what it was.

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It said in a statement said they would ask a court to sanction his pre-trial detention in prison.

The shocking video footage of the attack on December 29 went viral online and was aired on national television.

The chairman of Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, has taken personal charge of the case due to the “large public reaction”, the Investigative Committee said Monday.

Investigators initially said Saturday that the doctor, identified as surgeon Ilya Zelendinov, remained at liberty but had signed an undertaking not to travel.

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The surgeon is being investigated on suspicion of causing death by negligence, for which he could serve up to two years in prison. He has also been sacked from his job.

Investigators said Zelendinov had hit the patient because he had kicked a nurse during a procedure.

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  • G. Din
    Jan 12, 2016 - 12:24AM

    Death by negligence? He certainly did not neglect him; he caused his death, for Pete’s sake. Was he in love with the nurse poor patient touched.Recommend

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