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Beating of Cherkesov convicted of wideprotest causing murder denied

April 23, 2012, 11:34 UTC+3

At the same time, the Supreme Court ruled that Cherkesov's freedom after the serving of the term would be limited for two years more

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KRASNOYARSK, April 23 (Itar-Tass) — Investigative authorities have decided not to initiate legal proceedings on suspicion of beating of Aslan Cherkesov, who is convicted of the murder of Spartak sport club fan Yegor Sviridov.

Senior aide of the chief of the Russian Investigative Committee's Krasnoyarsk regional department Olga Shamanskaya said this to Itar-Tass on Monday.

The regional investigative department on March 23 launched an inquiry to check the information that Cherkesov, who serves his sentence in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, was beaten up in a Krasnoyarsk jail.

The information that Cherkesov was beaten was reported by his attorney Igor Kuznetsov. "When meeting him, I saw Aslan was beaten. He came into the meeting room with a right leg limp, and he had scratches on his face and neck," Kuznetsov said.

The regional penitentiary service explained that the inquiry established that Cherkesov was not beaten and there were no offences against him. The prisoner, after the evening check, when he went down from his upper bunk, fell on his right leg. The next day, he began to limp. In reply to his fellow prisoners' questions, he answered that he struck his knee.

In October 2011, Cherkesov was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for the murder of Yegor Sviridov.

Last January, the Russian Supreme Court reduced the sentence by two months, and the sentences for the other convicts in the case were cut by four months, in accordance with the new versions of the Criminal Code articles.

At the same time, the Supreme Court ruled that Cherkesov's freedom after the serving of the term would be limited for two years more, when he is not allowed to do some actions without special permission.

The young Spartak football fan was killed at Kronshtadtsky Boulevard in Moscow on December 6, 2010. The murder raised a wide public outcry. The protest was also caused by the fact that all the suspects, except Cherkesov, were released after the detention. Five days later, the indignation resulted in mass meetings and disorders in some Moscow districts, including at Manezhnaya Square.

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