Hartford Nightclub Temporarily Closes After Viral Video Captures Altercation

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The Russian Lady, a popular nightclub in downtown Hartford, has temporarily closed after a video of an incident at the bar went viral on social media. 

Police said they responded to the scene at 1:45 am on November 4th after an alleged altercation involving a security guard and a patron. No charges were filed at the time of the incident. However, the investigation reopened after a video of the incident went viral. 

“We were just made aware as a department of a video that surfaced. We viewed the video and determined it clearly paints a different picture of what happened here. This is going to be a very active investigation,” said Hartford Police Lt. Aaron Boisvert in an interview for Fox61. 

The patron, a 28-year-old Windsor man, was allegedly pushed down the stairs by a Russian Lady security guard. He was treated at a local hospital and later released. No further information about the security guard is available at this time. 

After the video’s release, The Russian Lady has voluntarily agreed to stall its liquor license, according to the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP).

In a statement to Fox61, the DCP said they have launched an “active investigation into the incident” to determine next steps. They also said that the video is “disturbing” and “not reflective” of the expected behavior from their licensed businesses. 

The investigation remains ongoing, according to police. 

If you have any further information about this incident, please contact the Liquor Control Commission at