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Society indignant at police moves in connection with wedding shooting

October 03, 2012, 13:33 UTC+3

On Sunday afternoon, a wedding motorcade of nine luxury cars drove through the city, and shots were made into the air from the motorcade

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The Tverskoy District Magistrate of Moscow has finally taken a decision to arrest for 15 days Murad Agalarov (25), one of participants in a Dagestani wedding motorcade that staged a shooting right in the heart of Moscow last Sunday. However, he was arrested not for the shooting, but for obscenities. The judgment has triggered a sharp negative reaction in the society.

On Sunday afternoon, a wedding motorcade of nine luxury cars drove through the city, and shots were made into the air from the motorcade. Police examined the cars and found a non lethal handgun, owned by Agalarov, the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reports. On Tuesday Agalarov was summoned to the court. The man acknowledged that he had made shots into the air. However, the court found him guilty not of that but of abusive language. “Look, I did not curse! I went to a police station of my own accord, and spoke with a policeman calmly,” Agalarov clamored, adding that he had made two shots when the motorcade was not in the city yet, and then he took to the wheel and could not shoot actually. The Tverskoy District Magistrate does not comment on the decision.

The results of the investigation have disillusioned all those who followed the situation, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes. Moreover, they have triggered such a negative reaction in the society, that the matter necessitated the interference and rather sharp statements by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, the Moscow City Duma, State Duma’s Vice Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak, renowned and esteemed figures from North Caucasian republics as well as other politicians and public activists. It seems that the action of the Dagestani youth has exhausted the patience of Muscovites and the authorities. First of all, the society did not like a mild, according to many, attitude of the police. All detained people were quickly released, and police only penalized them for solar tinted glass, and drew up administrative protocols. Only one of those who had shot into the air was identified – Murad Agalarov. He was stripped of his traumatic handgun and had to pay a 2,000-rouble fine. The documents went to his home Makhachkala, where he must be stripped of the license to carry weapons. The shooter was arraigned only after the Moscow mayor had stepped in and the Moscow City Duma had made an inquiry.


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