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National issue: From Manezhnaya to Manezhnaya

2012-11-21 20:37

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Russian nationalists are going to hold a protest, "Down with ethnic terror" on November 27, the day of the sentencing the athlete Rasul Mirzaev, after whose blow Moscow student Ivan Agafonov died. This is unlikely the day of Mirzayev's release.


Information that Mirzayev might be released from the court appeared on November 15. During pleadings Prosecutor asked to reclassify the charges into "causing death by negligence", and assign a sentence of two years in prison. And under the Russian legislation, one day in jail is equivalent to two days imprisonment.

A criminal investigation into the death of Ivan Agafonov became politicized very quickly. Memories about the riots on Manezh Square, provoked by the murder of Moscow "Spartak" fan Yegor Sviridov, are fresh. As we know, on October 28, 2011, the court made a guilty verdict against a native of Kabardino-Balkaria and five Dagestanis. At that time, the trial was held against the background of intense debate in the media and Kremlin. Public was outraged by the fact that law enforcement officers let free those criminals detained in hot pursuit.

Today nationalists also assure that most outrageous fact in Mirzayev's case is the "pressure on the court from the Dagestani authorities". "It is unacceptable that the Caucasian diaspora elite interfere in the criminal case", the head of the association "Russians" Dmitry Demushkin said in an interview with the "Big Caucasus". "I smile when I see different Caucasian websites shouting that Russian nationalists are pressuring the investigation. This is exactly what they (the Caucasian elite. - Ed.) always do. And when they first met with a rebuff after Sviridov's killing, they started shouting that a third force had been intervening in the investigation. The same thing is happening now. They know how to "work with the investigation" alone. So I want say: this won't happen anymore".

Dagestani lawyer and public figure Rasul Kadiev also shares the view that "the point is not Mirzaev, but the justice". However, according to him, it is not serious to accuse judges of bias, having neither the judgment nor case file. "There will be a solution, we'll see how justified it is. You can find fault in any court. Only after the verdict we can say how fair it is, and all the rest is political game. If nationalists threaten new Manezhnaya - it is a problem of law enforcement agencies in Moscow. State's task is to ensure order, whoever threatens you, whether nationalists, Dagestanis, Chukchi, and so on", Kadiyev said in an interview with the "Big Caucasus".

As a lawyer, Kadiyev cannot anticipate events - it would be unethical with his hand. However, we can already say that on November 27 Mirzayev will be released: by law, the court cannot appoint a sentence higher than the prosecution requested. So, we can expect nationalist protests and renewal of relevant discussions. They are unlikely to be comparable in scale to the events at the Manezh Square and the subsequent resonance. However, in order to create an image of the enemy, they need to hold regular protests. It is well-known nationalists' method and the Caucasians coming to Moscow must not forget about this.


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