Violent police raid forces closure of Moscow nightclub Rabitza
On Sunday, Aug. 6, Moscow nightclub Rabitza underwent a violent police raid that included club staffers and partygoers.
According to reports from the event, men in plain clothes entered the club and began to detain visitors and club staff. at the same time, policemen in full police attire including body armor, entered the venue. Several people were taken into custody, and one of the club’s co-founders was charged for drug offenses.
Just a few weeks after the event, a post on the club’s Facebook page announced its closure in light of the incident.
“Given the current climate, and despite all the love that Rabitza was full of, we’ve decided to close the club at its current location,” the statement reads. “This decision was based on safety considerations: the current address can no longer guarantee safety for our guests at any events.”
The owners have hired lawyers to gain access to the venue and the equipment seized inside. They’re also calling on volunteers to help dismantle the club and find a new location.
The techno-based club has hosted artists like Ryan Elliott, Ron Morelli, Legowelt and Andrew James Gustav in 2017.
H/T: Resident Advisor