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In a series of felony cases against protesters, this is what Moscow investigators are calling ‘mass riots’

Source: Meduza
Valery Sharifulin / TASS / Scanpix / LETA

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.

Pepper spray

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.

The rock

When and where: 1–3 p.m., Leontyevsky Lane

The victims: Platoon Commander Lieutenant Vladimir Perilo

Suspect: Not yet identified officially

Footage of the incident, cited in case evidence
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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.
Footage of the trash can being thrown at the National Guardsman

The bottle

When and where: not stated

The victims: Police officer Linnik

Suspect: Samariddin Radzhabov, jailed since August 2

Moscow’s incidents mapped

Map Data Image ©2019 Maxar Technologies

Text by Mikhail Zelensky

Translation by Kevin Rothrock