Defendants in Moscow riots case ask to question interior minister

MOSCOW, August 19 (Itar-Tass) — Defendants in the case over mass disturbances in Moscow’s Manezhnaya Square last December asked the court on Thursday to question Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, Moscow police chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev and former Moscow police spokesman Viktor Biryukov.

“Today, defendant Ruslan Khubayev filed a petition to summon to the trial Nurgaliyev, Kolokotsev and Biryukov, and question them as witnesses. Other defendants and their lawyers supported the petition,” said Dmitry Agranovsky, who represents the interests of one of the defendants.

According to Agranovsky, Kolokoltsev and Biryukov were in Manezhnaya Square during the rights, therefore they witnesses those events.

“As for Nurgaliyev, the defendants want him to tell the court where he got the information that it was leftist radicals who staged the riots,” the lawyer said.

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