The journalist was dragged to the ground.

This is the startling moment a pro-Vladimir Putin Russian official floored a TV journalist who quizzed him about alleged corruption.

Burly bureaucrat Sergei Zaitsev, 52, was angry over questions from Ivan Litomin about how he afforded his palatial newly-built mansion.

The reporter quizzed him on whether money from a Sh783 million fund for rebuilding homes destroyed by wildfires in 2015 had been diverted to fund construction of his private home.

Zaitsev, sitting at his desk, demanded: "What the hell are you doing here?”

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The official, head of Shirinsky district in Khakassia region told the 25-year-old reporter several times to “go away”.

As Zaitsev stood up and got physically aggressive, shoving Litomin, the journalist asked him: “Why are you pushing me?

“I have more questions for you.

"I still have a question about your house….”

The district chief demanded: “Is it a suitable question?”

Litomin replied: “Yes, it is. Who built your house?”

Sergei Zaitsev's house.

Local reports say the house was constructed by a company that won a lucrative contract from Zaitsev to rebuild a sewage system in the area for new homes for those made homeless by the wildfires - who claim their new houses are of poor quality.

“Why the hell are you linking my house and the sewage?” he fumed.

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He failed to answer the question over whether labourers paid from the state budget constructed this mansion, but instead grabbed Litomin’s microphone, then wrestled and floored him.

From the ground, Litomin demanded that Zaitsev’s aide should not touch the camera.

“Your camera will fly through the window,” stormed Zaitsev as aides including his female secretary tried to calm the fracas.

Rossiya 24 screened footage the violent attack which caused the reporter “physical pain”.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a case into preventing a journalist from doing his job.

The interview ended in spectacular fashion.

If convicted he could face up to six years jail.

The committee will also probe the allegations about use of state funds for building his mansion.

Zaitsev was earlier jailed for four years for “negligence” over the destruction of 1,500 homes by raging fires which killed 30, and left 54 wounded.

He was later freed in an amnesty.