5 men involved in Khovansky cemetery brawl found guilty as charged
The prosecutor asked for and obtained 3.5 years of imprisonment for each.
The Shcherbinsky court of Moscow has ruled on a high-profile case about the fight at the Khovansky cemetery. The five defendants have been found guilty: Dilovar Yunusov, Dzhomi Chakalov, Rakhmuddin Sadurdinov, Khodzhikurbon Buriev and Shoimardon Akhmadov. The prosecutor asked for and obtained 3.5 years of imprisonment in a general regime colony for each. The court is going to pronounce the sentence soon.
It is worth noting that the punishment has been mitigated, since a count about deliberate destruction or damage to property and two counts about deliberate infliction of slight bodily harm were removed.
"The guilt of all of the defendants responsible for Disorderly Conduct with the use of weapons or items used as weapons (item (a), part 1 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code) has been proven beyond all reasonable doubt," the judge said.
The Investigative Committee has completed the probe into the criminal case against 16 other defendants charged with the mass brawl, with the case being severed from other charges. Among the accused are the alleged instigator Alexander Bocharnikov, Yury Chabuev, the former head of the territorial office No. 3 of the State Budget Institution Ritual, as well as former police officer Nikita Moshenko. They are accused of committing crimes violating the following articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: Organization of Mass Riots, Participation in Mass Riots, Causing Serious Harm to health, resulting in the death of two people through imprudence, Excess of Official Powers with causing grave consequences.
As a reminder: the mass fight and shootout occurred at the Khovansky cemetery on May 14, 2016. The brawl involved men from Central Asia on one side and men from the North Caucasus on the other side. The conflict resulted in three deaths and many injured people. The investigators believe that it was a conflict between a group of illegal migrants and the cemetery workers.