Over 100 officials of Russia’s Federal Correctional Service (FSIN) stormed a residential dormitory on Moscow’s Yasny Drive on 24 June 2008 in an attempt to evict forcibly the residents of the building. FSIN officials broke into people’s homes, breaking up doors and beating up residents.
There were reports that FSIN used a white suffocant gas against the residents, including children and the elderly. Special forces, Justice Ministry officials, and members of a criminal gang beat up several residents, journalists, and civic activists both inside and outside the dormitory.
Moscow-based human rights organisations, –Moscow Helsinki Group, Za Prava Cheloveka, and the Moscow Dormitory Movement (DOM),– set up a public commission to investigate the events at the Smena dormitory on Yasny Drive on 24-26 June 2008.