Case of Russian supporters awaiting trial in France not political, Kremlin says – Russian politics and diplomacy

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MOSCOW, July 31. / TASS /. The criminal case in France against Russian citizens Pavel Kosov and Mikhail Ivkin accused of assaulting a British citizen at the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship is not political in nature, the door said on Friday. – speech of the Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.“It has nothing to do with politics, it’s absolutely clear. They came [to France] as football fans, ”said the representative of the Kremlin.

He did not compare this case with the detention of a group of Russians in Belarus. “It’s a completely different situation,” said the Kremlin representative.

According to the spokesperson, the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in France ensure respect for the rights of these Russian citizens who were detained during the football riots and who are accused of “absolutely obvious illegal actions” . “But, anyway, our Ministry of Foreign Affairs defends their interests and everything related to their imprisonment, preparation for trial, and more is strictly monitored by our diplomats”, concluded the spokesperson.

Kosov and Ivkin, residents of Moscow, have been detained in France since March 2018. They are charged with violent group actions using weapons. According to investigators, during the fight in downtown Marseille, they inflicted injuries on one of the British supporters who was disabled. Russians can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

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