Rioting in Biryulyovo partly fuelled by inaction of local officials - Investigative Committee

The investigation is determined to give a strong assessment of the attitude of officials from the Western Biryulyovo district administration whose inaction encouraged the recent unrest in the district, official spokesman for the Investigative Committee of Russia Vladimir Markin has said.

The investigation is determined to give a strong assessment of the attitude of officials from the Western Biryulyovo district administration whose inaction encouraged the recent unrest in the district, official spokesman for the Investigative Committee of Russia Vladimir Markin has said.

"In the framework of this criminal case the Moscow Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia will give a tough legal evaluation of the stance of officials from the Western Biryulyovo district administration and other district authorities whose inaction partially provoked the growth of public knowledge of the breaches of the law related to the operations of Novye Cheryomushki vegetable warehouse where immigrants from former Soviet republics are working," he said to Interfax on Monday.

He said the investigation also intends to check whether the recent unrest in Biryulyovo could be qualified as massive rioting (Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code).

"In addition, in relation to the attack on OMON riot police officers during the unauthorized public actions in the city district of Biryulyovo, the investigative bodies of Moscow will launch a probe as soon as relevant materials are received from the police," Markin said.

He said that in the context of the probe investigators will also look for attributes of the offense stipulated by Article 212.

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