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Kremlin calls not to rush with anti-migrant measures after mass brawl at Moscow’s cemetery

May 16, 14:24 UTC+3
A mass brawl that involved more than 200 people and killed three took place at a cemetery in Moscow on Saturday
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MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said there should be no rush in making conclusions on measures against migrants after a mass brawl at the Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow.

"I would not hurry up with conclusions," Peskov told reporters in comments to a proposal to tighten the visa regime for foreign workers.

A mass brawl with shooting involving more than 200 people broke out at the Khovanskoye cemetery on Saturday. Three people were killed and more than 30 others were hospitalized.

Russia’s Investigative Committee official spokesman Vladimir Markin told TASS a financial motive is considered as a key cause of the conflict. "The information that the crimes were committed on ethnic grounds has not been confirmed," he said.

The city police said earlier the brawl participants failed to come to terms on how to share the territory of services at the cemetery.

Later on Monday, Moscow’s court is due to consider a motion for arrest of fourteen suspects in the criminal case, including the head of a territorial department of the Ritual funeral service firm, Yuri Chabuyev.

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