13 natives of Chechnya detained after Saratov region murder - investigators

Police have detained 13 natives of Chechnya as part of an investigation into the killing of former Airborne forces soldier Ruslan Marzhanov in the town of Pugachyov in Russia's Saratov region.

Police have detained 13 natives of Chechnya as part of an investigation into the killing of former Airborne forces soldier Ruslan Marzhanov in the town of Pugachyov in Russia's Saratov region.

Sergei Sedov, deputy director of the Russian Investigative Committee's Saratov region branch, said at a press conference on Friday that all of these people were detained in a privately owned house in the village of Anin Verkh in the Perelyubsk district early on July 11.

Policemen entered the house and asked several Chechens present there to produce their passports. Two men holding rakes in their hands were found in one of the rooms. One of them immediately dropped the rake, but the other man, Ali Khaidayev, started to threaten the officers.

"Khaidayev tried to strike one of the policemen, forcing the officer to fire two shots at the attacker's legs. After this, Khaidayev dropped the rake and was detained," Sedov said.

Investigators will ask the court to remand Khaidayev into custody. Khaidayev, himself, has refused to testify, referring to Article 51 of the Russian constitution.

Khaidayev is not involved in the murder of Pugachyov resident Marzhanov, Sedov said.

"He is a resident of Chechnya's Gudermes district. He claims that he came to the Saratov region after the July 9 crime in order to support his relatives because the man detained on suspicion of killing the Airborne soldier is Khaidayev's relative," he said.

The other people detained in Anin Verkh do not have registration papers.

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