MOSCOW, October 5 (Itar-Tass) — CSKA football fan Andrei Uryupin, 18, was killed reportedly in a brawl with the comers from the Caucasus in the Moscow regional town of Podolsk. The brawl broke out overnight to October 2, but the public learnt about the murder only on Tuesday, after a criminal case was officially opened. The detectives ruled out the nationalistic motives behind the murder. However, the police are preparing to avert probable massive protest actions.
On Sunday evening, Andrei celebrated his birthday, the Moskovsky Komsomolets writes. The quarrel sparked up between Andrei, his friends and a group of young people, including several comers from the Caucasus, in the queue for a disco party. According to the main murder theory, the young people were at odds over their place in the queue and engaged in the fistfight. The brawl flared up in the nightclub, but the security guards suppressed the brawl. The tragedy could have been averted, but the security guards offered to the young people to settle the scores in the street instead of calling up the police. The comers from the Caucasus took out the knives and started to stab Andrei in the chest.
Spokesman of the Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin stated that the brawl in Podolsk that ended in the murder was not caused by interethnic strife, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta noted. “The reports allegedly with the reference to the sources in the law enforcement agencies about the nationality of the suspected killer are not true and were not verified by the case files,” he said.
Uryupin’s murder is actively debated at the CSKA fan sites and blogs. Some fans put forward the murder theory that differs from the official one. On Tuesday evening, the police stated that the killer was identified. The law enforcers offered him to give himself up.
The police reported that the tensions over this criminal case are being fanned up artificially and it is becoming quite resounding. However, the law enforcers are preparing to curb probable protest actions, which the nationalists appeal to. The unnamed newspaper source in the football circles did not rule out a probable protest action. “It is unclear yet,” the newspaper source said.
“Certainly, the rightists are seeking to play this card, as they used to do so in case of the murders of football fans. But we hope that this will not occur,” expert of the Sova centre Natalia Yudina told the Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
The problem of football fans is in the focus of the public and media. On Wednesday, the Moscow City Court will begin a trial over the murder case of Spartak football fan Yuri Volkov killed a year ago. The newspaper recalled that after his death the nationalists held a protest action, demanding to punish those guilty.
“As far as I am concerned, the level of tensions in this criminal case is exaggerated. We have always the same situation, when a football fan is affected the authorities begin to intimidate people with the Manezhnaya Square events [massive nationalistic protest actions were staged on the square after the murder of football fan Yegor Sviridov in the previous year – Itar-Tass]. In fact, the incident should be investigated thoroughly,” President of the All-Russian Union of Fans Alexander Shprygin told the Komsomolskaya Pravda.