In a series of felony cases against protesters, this is what Moscow investigators are calling ‘mass riots’
In the wake of Moscow’s July 27 unpermitted protest (not to be confused with more recent unauthorized demonstrations on August 2), Moscow’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal inquiry into alleged mass rioting. The new investigation is based on a handful of criminal cases against protesters who supposedly used violence against the police officers and National Guard troops ordered to disperse the crowds. Meduza reviewed the charges and evidence in these cases, and summarizes the inquires below. This information was obtained from Grigory Chervonnyi, who works with the “Agora” human rights group.
When and where: 1–2 p.m., 17 Tverskaya St.
The victims: Branch Commander Junior Sergeant Evgeny Melkozerov, and Gunner- Radiotelephonist Private K.V. Dementiev.
Suspect: Not yet identified officially.
When and where: 1–3 p.m., Leontyevsky Lane
The victims: Platoon Commander Lieutenant Vladimir Perilo
Suspect: Not yet identified officially
A blow to the head
When and where: 2:30 p.m., between 9 Tverskaya St. and Bryusov Lane
The victims: Machine-Gunner Private A.A. Madreimov
Suspect: Kirill Zhukov, jailed since August 2
The trash can
When and where: 5:55 p.m., 5 Teatralnyi Dr.
The victims: Moscow Riot Police Officer Maxim Saliyev
Suspect: Evgeny Kovalenko, jailed since August 2
Video footage shows that Officer Saliyev was not looking in the direction of the man who threw the trash can into his back.
When and where: not stated
The victims: Police officer Linnik
Suspect: Samariddin Radzhabov, jailed since August 2
Moscow’s incidents mapped
Translation by Kevin Rothrock