Court prolongs arrest for Russian football players for two months on hooliganism charges

MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Moscow’s Tverskoy Court has prolonged arrest until February 8, 2019, to football players Pavel Mamayev and Alexander Kokorin under the criminal case of a brawl in central Moscow, TASS reported from the courtroom.

According to investigators, proceeding from the gravity of the offense and the possibility of the perpetrators to abscond during the investigation, the arrest term should be prolonged for two months. A representative for the prosecutors fully supported the prosecutors’ motion.

“The prosecutors’ motion should be satisfied, and Mamayev and Kokorin’s arrest to be prolonged until February 8,” the judge said. In addition, the court extended the arrest until the same date to the other perpetrators under the case – Kirill Kokorin and Alexander Protasovitsky.

All the perpetrators under the case pled partially guilty during the court session.

On October 8, the football players, as well as Kokorin’s brother Kirill and their friend Alexander Protasovitsky, got involved in two conflicts in downtown Moscow. In the first conflict, which occurred at about 08:30 am Moscow time near Peking Hotel, a Mercedes was damaged and its driver Vitaly Solovchuk was beaten. The car is the property of Channel One TV presenter Olga Ushakova. Kokorin said that he did not take part in the brawl with driver Solovchuk. The company moved to a cafe on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street later, where director of a department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Pak was beaten. Director of the NAMI State Research Center Sergei Gaisin, who tried to calm the young people down, was also struck in the face by one of them.

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