Interior Ministry confirms Zaruba funeral was not fake news
Earlier it was reported that the local Internal Affairs chief and the prosecutor were pallbearers.
The Interior Ministry confirmed that the Amursk mafioso, whose funeral caused an Internet rage and a subsequent police check, had indeed been a repeatedly convicted man, RIA Novosti was told by a Khabarovsk representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. At the same time, the department refused to give the name of the late thief in law.
Yuri Zarubin aka Zaruba was buried the city of Amursk yesterday. A crowd with a lot of cars took part in the ceremony, which even blocked traffic in some parts of the city.
After the video became viral on social media, there were a lot of furious comments. Some said that the whole city, including the head of the local police and the prosecutor, came to say goodbye to the Amursk underboss, and law enforcement officers even closed roads for that. Others claimed it was not Zaruba’s funeral in the first place, since he died in the early 2000s.
Later, Khabarovsk official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs denied any of the MIA officers had been at the funeral, as did the Amursk prosecutor's office.
The police added that the reputation of law enforcement officers was damaged by the claims and they would go to court to defend their name.
The video poster was summoned to the PD for an interview but was unable to explain his actions.
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