Kokorin brothers face extremism charges for comparing Asian-looking official to Gangnam Style rapper
The football player and his brother said the Trade Ministry official reminded them the South Korean musician Psy. The statement might bring about extremism charges, Art. 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
Football player Alexander Kokorin and his brother Kirill will be checked for extremism, the Mash Telegram Channel said.
According to the testimony of the brothers, before the cafe fight, they had a verbal conflict with the Trade Ministry official, Denis Pak; they said he resembled PSY, the rapper that sang Gangnam Style. The civil servant considered it an insult and attacked them using foul language, according to Kirill Kokorin. A fight ensued.
The channel notes that Kokorin Sr. apologized to Pak at the confrontation, but the victim did not accept his apology. There will be an examination under Art. 282 of the Criminal Code “Incitement of Hatred or Enmity, as Well as Abasement of Human Dignity.” On October 8, Zenit striker Alexander Kokorin, his brother Kirill, and Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamaev beat the driver of a Channel One host, attacked a Ministry of Industry and Trade official and assaulted the NAMI head.
All three are in custody until December 8 on charges of hooliganism and battery. They face up to seven years in prison.