BELGOROD, Russia — Police commenced an inquiry on Saturday after a hospital doctor was captured on video striking a patient, knocking him to the floor and killing him instantly.
In the video, the doctor drags the bare-chested male patient from the examination table, asking him “why did you touch the nurse?” and pushes him out of the doorway.
When the patient returns, the doctor knocks him out with single blow to the face .
Belgorod’s Investigative Committee said in a statement released Saturday that the incident took place on December 29, 2015.
The doctor hit the patient in the face after he “kicked a nurse during a procedure,” the investigators said.
“The cause of death of the victim was trauma to the skull and brain from hitting the back of the head on the hard surface of the floor.”
Russian media identified the doctor as Ilya Zelendinov, a surgeon at the hospital, and the patient as 56-year-old Yevgeny Bakhtin.
The doctor has been fired from his job but remains free after signing a declaration that he will not travel during the investigation.