Here is the story, below is the lowdown: Officers go to arrest an 18 year old suspected of grievous assault (not clarified if sexual or physical) against a 15 year old girl. His family are very angry about it and call him all sorts of names. The women start attacking one of the officers, Anton Kudryashov... well, flail their arms at him, at any rate. Meanwhile, a fat bloke rushes up to him from behind and starts pummeling him. A minute later he's shown down with a dent clearly visible on his skull. The guy is later RELEASED on bail, and used the intervening time to take his stuff from his market stall and "disappear." One of his women were arrested though. He is now on the Wanted list. I was idly wondering how a fat bloke with clearly zero martial arts training could do that (actually breaking a human skull is exceedingly difficult - you need to be both very strong and have specifically hardened fists. Otherwise, punching the skull is likely to be worse for your hand than the other guy's head. Well, it appears he had brass knuckles on, or something else hard in his hand. So that's not just "simple assault" but assault with intention to cause grievious bodily harm or even kill. But here's the ironic thing... In the US the policemen would have arrested and subdued the fat guy minutes before he swung his sucker punch at Anton. (He was aggressively cussing them out and pushing them well beforehand). Anton says that the reason he didn't retaliate against the women attacking him was because of "moral principles." In other words, he subscribes to idiot chivalry principles that whether their merits in ordinary life have no relevance to policework. Certainly a US policeman would have no truck with that nonsense. It is certain in the US that the criminal would have been violent (and correctly so!) subdued, and likewise certain he would not have gotten out on bail. And it is entirely possible that an American policeman would have fired his gun, either as a warning shot, or quite possibly for real. No big loss as far as those thugs are concerned. And American cops are supposed to be "nice" compared to Russian cops. Well, they are. Just not in the way that is stereotypically imagined. Being able and willing to protect non-criminals from criminals, and themselves as legitimate representatives of law and order, really is "nice" as far as I'm concerned. The opposite is weakness, incompetence, or some combination of both - as the "Hard Ingush" blogger argues. Or of course the explanation could be a lot darker. Say, if those thugs had a krysha, and the police didn't dare mess with them because of that.