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Russian Supreme Court upholds closure of vegetable warehouse

March 11, 2014, 17:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Biryulyovo vegetable warehouse was shut down after local citizens' rally to protest the high-profile murder of Muscovite Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, overnight to October 10, 2013
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MOSCOW, March 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Supreme Court has upheld the suspension of a vegetable warehouse in southern Moscow over sanitary norms violations.

The action challenging the court's ruling was filed by the Novye Cheryomushki private company. The company owner argued that the sanitary norm on yersiniosis prevention should not be applied to all kinds of stored vegetables. “This illness [an infection affecting gastrointestinal tract] can be contacted through roots, so applying this norm to other kinds of vegetables is incorrect,” the plaintiff said.

However, the defendant representing the Health Ministry underlined that “the sanitary norms were repeatedly tested in practice and that their violation unequivocally caused the appearance of agents of disease”.

The Biryulyovo vegetable warehouse was shut down after local citizens' rally to protest the high-profile murder of Muscovite Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, overnight to October 10, 2013. On October 13, Biryulyovo neighborhood residents demanded that the authorities find and punish the murderer and check all the migrants living in the area.

They also claimed that a large number of illegal aliens were living on the premises of the warehouse and that Shcherbakov's murderer had to be nearby. The rally escalated to riots in which police detained 400 people.

Chairman of the board of directors of the Novye Cheryomushki company Magomed Churilov, one of the executives of the warehouse and head of the Konkord security firm Viktor Kotelevsky were charged in the case over illegal migration. Both were accused of using the labor or three illegal migrants: two citizens of Uzbekistan and one citizen of Moldova. Maximum penalty for this offense is seven years in jail.

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