Kokorin and Mamaev want to visit church in prison

Kokorin and Mamaev want to visit church in prison
A church in Butyrka prison

The prison authorities promised to comply with the footballers’ request.

The footballers Aleksander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev arrested on charges of disorderly conduct have stated their state willingness to visit the Church Pokrov of Our Lady located on the territory of the remand prison №2 (known as Butyrka). This was reported to Life by a deacon Kirill Markovsky, an assistant of a head of Moscow’s Directorate of the Federal Prison Service for organizing cooperation with believers. 

In his words, the professional athletes have already been visited by activists, and through them, they conveyed their wishes. Markovsky also noted that he was going to visit the arrested, but when the quarantine is over in the prison.

“As soon as they are taken to a general population cell, this will be possible. I’m aware of the fact that they expressed their wish to visit the church and offer prayers on their own. They will be granted this chance. They will have to write an application.” The deacon said pointing out that there’re lots of those who have this wish - 97% of inmates. 

He also said that the services visit the prison 3 times a week, so the footballers will necessarily have their chance. 

By the court’s decision, Mamaev and Kokorin were sent to the remand prison on October 10. On October 19, the court will hear the complaints of the footballers’ lawyers who ask the court to change its decision regarding the arrest. 

The athletes are accused of manhandling of a driver of a Channel One’s TV-host and two officials. Both are being accused under article Hooliganism. 

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