Investigative Committee starts probe into murder of Russian in Tallinn riots in 2007

The Leningrad region department of the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the murder Russian citizen Dmitry Ganin in Tallinn in 2007, the committee's press service reported on Sept.4.

The Leningrad region department of the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the murder Russian citizen Dmitry Ganin in Tallinn in 2007, the committee's press service reported on Sept.4.

"According to investigators, a brawl between Russian citizen Dmitry Ganin and unidentified people occurred during mass riots that started on August 27 after a monument to Soviet soldiers in Tallinn was dismantled. The attackers stabbed Ganin during the fight killing him," the press service said in a statement.

The probe was launched on charges of a premeditated murder committed by a group of people in order to conceal or facilitate another crime, the statement reads.

Investigators are taking measures to establish every circumstance of the crime and identify the attackers, the press service said.

On April 26-28, 2007, a mass unrest occurred among Russian-speaking people in Estonia following the government's decision to rebury the remains of Soviet soldiers from the Tonismagi Hill in downtown Tallinn and move the Bronze Soldier memorial in their tribute to the Defense Forces Cemetery on the outskirts of Tallinn.

Russian-speaking residents of Tallinn perceived the move as mockery at the memory of killed Soviet soldiers. Around 1,200 people were detained during the unrest. Around 50 people were injured. Russian citizen Ganin was killed. The unrest grew into mass riots.

On April 21, 2015, the Russian Embassy in Tallinn accused the Estonian law enforcement agencies of inaction in the Ganin murder case.

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