Clash of security officials and civilians at Hip-Hop Mayday festival results in criminal case

Clash of security officials and civilians at Hip-Hop Mayday festival results in criminal case

The persons detained while attempting to break through to a concert at the Luzhniki Stadium are charged with group hooliganism.

The police began to interrogate the defendants in a criminal case over hooliganism committed by a group of individuals (part 2 of Article 213 CCRF), which the investigation instituted after police beat up civilians trying to break through the cordon on the Hip-Hop Mayday festival at the Luzhniki Stadium. The defendants are under house arrest, the head of the international human rights group Agora, Pavel Chikov, said.

The festival was held on May 1. The entrance was free, and the Luzhniki could not accommodate everyone. The security forces detained with the use of force those who tried to climb over the fence and enter the festival, bypassing the National Guard’s officers. Student Maxim Sidorenko was hospitalized with a skull injury and filed an application with the Investigative Committee. The National Guard noted that the staff acted “appropriate to the situation.”

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