Saratov Region Governor Valery Radayev has met with people from the town of Pugachyov, where a rally was staged on July 8 after a local resident was stabbed to death by a teenager from Chechnya.
"The meeting continued for more than two hours. It was a difficult conversation, during which a number of complaints regarding the municipal authorities and law enforcement agencies were voiced," the governor's press service said.
During the meeting, Radayev pledged to thoroughly and promptly analyze all of the problems that were brought to light by the Pugachyov residents.
The Pugachyov residents demanded a public inquiry into the crime.
Radayev, for his part, urged the town's population to stay calm, the press service said.
A 20-year-old Pugachyov resident was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds to the chest on July 6. He died an hour after he was admitted to the hospital despite the doctors' efforts to save his life.
A young man, born in 1996, was subsequently detained on suspicion of fatally injuring the Puhachyov resident allegedly during a row over a girl.
Up to 100 people gathered in Pugachyov's central square at around 10:00 p.m. on Sunday seeking to settle the score with relatives of the detained man. Police stepped in, asking the people to leave the venue. No public order offences were registered.
Saratov media outlets, for their part, reported, citing local legislator Denis Maletin, that after the unauthorized rally on the occasion of the Pugachyov resident's funeral, the demonstrators headed to the neighborhood in the northwest of the town where Chechen natives live.
Several hundred people took part in a brawl that erupted there.
Some 200 people joined an unauthorized rally outside the Pugachyov district administration on Monday. Apart from that, 350 people paralyzed traffic along the Samara-Saratov motorway for several hours.
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