40 men end up in custody after clash between OMON, Kabardinians and Balkarians
Cases have been initiated against half of the defendants. They got several days under arrest as a punishment.
About 40 people were detained after a clash between Kabardinians and Balkarians with the participation of the OMON forces; it was caused by a dispute concerning a battle of the 18th century. This is reported by Kavkazsky Uzel referring to rights defenders of the Republic.
According to the publication, some of the detainees suffered traumas and injuries. Administrative cases have been initiated against more than half of those detained. They got several days under arrest as a punishment.
To recall, the trouble broke out after Kabardinians organized a march to commemorate the 310th Anniversary of the Battle of Kanjali, against which Turk activists protested. The latter believe that the battle, which allegedly occurred in the 18th century, did not really take place. At some point, the demonstrators and locals got into a fight, which the police that arrived on the scene could not break up. Officers of the National Guard were called to the scene. ICR investigators are establishing the circumstances of the conflict. According to preliminary data, the facts of violence against police officers and posting of messages in social networks, which, as siloviki believe, “incite hatred and enmity on a national basis,” are being checked.Video: Clashes in Kabardino-Balkaria. Kabardinians against Balkarians (see caption)