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Last Russian fan kept under arrest after Euro-2012 leaves Poland

August 13, 2012, 3:43 UTC+3
Viktor Yeremin was released from prison on Saturday afternoon
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WARSAW, August 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The last Russian football fan, which had been kept under arrest after the European Football Championship, left Poland on Sunday, representative of the Polish Border Guard Agnieszka Golias said.

Viktor Yeremin was released from prison on Saturday afternoon. Under the verdict of the Warsaw Court he served two months in prison. After the release the Russian citizen, who, according to the Polish side, “poses a threat to Polish security,” was handed to the border guards and has spent one more day at the deportation centre. Under the convoy he was brought to the airport and sent to the homeland.

Several Russian citizens were detained in Poland during the European Football Championship over the disorders, which broke out on the days of the matches with the Russian national team. The police have detained over 100 Russians. Most of them were released, several people were given suspended sentences and fined with the ban to visit the Schengen zone for several years. Four Russian fans have spent several days in custody in Poland pending the trial. However, the local prosecutor’s office ruled to release them under the responsibility of the Russian Consulate.

Three other Russians were sentenced from two to three months in prison. The law enforcement agencies accused them of hooliganism and the public premeditated attack on people. The court qualified their actions as a serious and publicly major violation of public order. Meanwhile, there were no injured parties in the criminal cases, only the policemen, who had worked in the city on that day, were the only witnesses. The prosecutors did not produce any photo or video materials. Student Dmitry Abramov, 19, was sentenced to three months in prison, Pavel Lepikhov, 29, to two months in jail. On July 10, the appellate instance ruled to commute their sentences to a suspended sentence, and already on July 11 the young people were deported to Russia through the border checkpoint in Terespol. Viktor Yeremin also filed the appeal then, but his sentence was left in force.


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