Ex-funeral services chief gets 11 years as part of Moscow cemetery clashes case
MOSCOW, November 14 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Wednesday sentenced ex-director of a territorial directorate for the funeral service company Ritual Yury Tchabuyev to 11 years in a case on violent clashes at the city’s Khovansky cemetery involving scores of people, RAPSI reported from the courtroom.
The court also prohibited Tchabuyev from holding state and municipal posts in the service sector for 2 years.
An alleged organizer of mass clashes Alexander Bocharnikov received 9 years in prison. Other 14 defendants in the case received prison terms ranging from 3.5 to 11.5 years behind bars.
In May 2016, about 200 people were involved in fights at the largest cemetery of Moscow. As a result, 3 individuals died, over 13 were injured, and more than 100 persons were arrested. According to investigators, the conflict was related to competition for the cemetery’s service market.
Investigators claimed that Tchabuyev and Bocharnikov organized the clashes in order to drive away immigrants from the cemetery by force.