“I wouldn't wish anyone to end up here.” Mamaev and Kokorin tell about first days in jail

“I wouldn't wish anyone to end up here.” Mamaev and Kokorin tell about first days in jail
Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev

The football players are going to practice in jail.

Human rights defenders from the Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) visited the Krasnodar and Zenit football players Pavel Mamayev and Alexander Kokorin arrested on October 11 for hooliganism, Dozhd reported.

According to Kogershyn Sagiyeva, a member of the PMC, the Krasnodar football player Pavel Mamaev, after three days in jail, said that he “would not wish anyone to get here.”

“I am waiting for a lawyer now, he will come on Monday. I regret the act, I already said it in court. While I am here, the state is normal, life goes on,” Mamaev said.

At the same time, the athlete noted that he feels normal and "life goes on." The football player has not commented on the proposal of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, about the transition to the football club Akhmat yet.

Ivan Melnikov, Executive Secretary of the PMC of Moscow, noted that football players intend to continue training under arrest. Zenit forward Alexander Kokorin has already written a statement to get to the gym. While in jail, Kokorin reads all the letters from the fans and tries to answer everyone.

Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev, as well as Kokorin’s brother Kirill, were arrested on October 11 by the Tverskoy Court of Moscow for a fight in a Moscow cafe in which the Ministry of Industry and Trade official Denis Pak and Director General of NAMI Sergei Gaysin were injured, and the beating of Vitaly Solovchuk, the driver of the First Channel host Olga Ushakova. A criminal case was initiated against them under Art. 116 of the Criminal Code (beating) and Part 2 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code (hooliganism by an organized group). Currently, they are in quarantine cells of the Butyrka jail. Earlier it was reported that the fourth person involved in the case, Alexander Protasovitsky, was also sent under arrest.

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