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Supreme court commutes sentences in Spartak fan murder case

January 24, 2012, 14:37 UTC+3
Key defendant Aslan Cherkesov's sentence was cut by two months, and the sentences of five other defendants were cut by 4 months each
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MOSCOW, January 24 (Itar-Tass) — The Russian Supreme Court has reduced the sentences in the high-profile case over the fight in Kronshtadsky Boulevard (Street) in Moscow in 2010, in which Spartak football club fan Yegor Sviridov was killed. His death caused mass disturbances in the city's Manezhnaya Square.

The decision was made by judges of the Supreme Court's appeals board.

Key defendant Aslan Cherkesov's sentence was cut by two months, and the sentences of five other defendants were cut by 4 months each.

Meanwhile, the defendants' lawyers had asked to overturn the verdict of the Moscow City Court and send the case for retrial by a new panel of judges. The lawyers claimed numerous violations during the proceedings.

Earlier, Aslan Cherkesov, whom jurors found guilty of murder of Yegor Sviridov, was sentenced to 20 years in a maximum security penitentiary. The other five defendants were sentenced to five years in a general regime penitentiary. In making the decision, the court took into account the circumstances of the crime and arrived at the conclusion that the correction of the defendants was only possible in the conditions of isolation from the society.

According to the Tuesday ruling by the Supreme Court, Cherkesov's freedom will be restricted for two years after serving the sentence. The key defendant stated at the session that he still could not understand why his punishment was so severe.

The injured parties and the prosecutor had asked to the Supreme Court to uphold the verdict, noting the defendants had not repented.

Cherkesov and his friends, in a state of alcoholic intoxication at a bus stop on December 6, 2010, walked up to a group of Muscovites, who were waiting for a taxi. Using a small pretext and a phrase by one of the Muscovites, they attacked the young people and beat them up.

Cherkesov who had a Streamer-2014 non-lethal pistol shot twice at two persons. Then he fired at least two shots at Sviridov, killing him. Cherkesov then shot six times at another Muscovite. Having stolen a bag, the attackers fled the scene.

The tragic incident led to disturbances on Manezhnaya Square in central Moscow. The football fans who gathered on the square on December 11, together with nationalists, held an unsanctioned rally which escalated to clashes with police. The youths resented the actions by police who initially had detained the six suspected attackers but later released five of them on a written pledge not to leave the city.



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