Detectives eyeing financial motivation as main theory of fight at cemetery

3 people killed during the mass brawl at the Moscow cemetery on May 14

Detectives are eyeing financial motivation as a main theory of the mass brawl at the Moscow Khovanskoye cemetery where three people were killed and more than 30 suffered injuries. Ethnic discord has nothing to do with it, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

"At the moment, detectives view financial motivation for the crime as the main theory. Information that the crime was committed for ethnic reasons has not been confirmed," Markin told Interfax on May 16.

Three persons were killed and more than 30 suffered injuries of varying degrees in the brawl and shootout near the central gate of the Khovanskoye cemetery on May 14, he said.

"Everyone injured has been hospitalized and given medical aid, and doctors are still fighting for the life of three patients. Forty detectives and 12 forensic experts are looking into the criminal case," Markin said.

A non-combat Kalashnikov rifle, two non-lethal handguns and over 300 pieces of material evidence were found at the crime scene. More than 18 forensic tests have been planned, he said.

Over 100 persons of interest have been questioned in the criminal case, the Russian Investigative Committee spokesman said.

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