Final charges brought against alleged participants of violent clashes at Moscow cemetery
MOSCOW, March 28 (RAPSI) – Investigators have brought final charges against defendants in a criminal case over violent clashes, involving large numbers of people, at the Khovansky cemetery in Moscow, RAPSI learnt in the Moscow Main Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee on Tuesday.
Investigation into the case has been completed.
In May 2016, about 200 people were involved in fights at the largest cemetery of Moscow with three people dying from injuries and 112 being detained. According to investigators, the conflict behind these fights is related to competition for the cemetery’s service market.
Overall, there are sixteen defendants in this case, including head of one of the territorial directorates for ritual services in Moscow “Ritual” Yury Tchabuyev, police officer Nikita Moshenko and alleged organizer of clashes Alexander Bocharnikov. Depending on their alleged roles in the fights defendants are charged with organization of riots, participation in riots, infliction of grave harm to a person resulted in death and abuse of office leading to grave consequences.