Moscow police, soccer fans clash; 3 reported injured

December 11, 2010 23:16

MOSCOW — Police clashed with thousands of soccer fans and nationalists who gathered near the Kremlin on Saturday to protest the fatal shooting of a man on the streets of Moscow. At least three people were reported injured and 65 detained.

The crowd of more than 2,000 was distraught over the death on Monday of Yegor Svidorov, a member of the Spartak team's fan organization, who was shot with rubber bullets Monday in a fight at a bus stop.A suspect arrested in the shooting is from Kabardino-Balkaria in the Caucasus, fanning long-standing resentments among many Slavic Russians for the dark-complexioned Caucasus ethnic groups.

A Moscow court on Saturday also authorized the arrest of two other suspects, both from the Caucasus region of Dagestan.

The demonstrators on Manezh Square next to the Kremlin shouted nationalist invective such as "Russia for Russians" and shouted abuse at police in riot gear who were trying to control the crowd.

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