Moscow Court Jails Soccer-Fan Killer For 20 Years

A Russian court has sentenced a man to 20 years in jail for murdering a soccer fan during a drunken brawl in Moscow in December 2010.

The Moscow City Court said on October 28 that Aslan Cherkesov was  guilty of premeditated murder, while five other people who took  part in the brawl were sentenced to five years in jail each.

After Cherkesov, a native of the predominantly Muslim Caucasus region, killed Yegor Sviridov in December, thousands of ultranationalists rallied outside the Kremlin for several days to press for convictions.

The incident highlighted the ethnic tensions running in Russia and underscored the security dilemma facing  officials after their successful campaign to bring the 2018 World Cup to Russia for the first time.

compiled from agency reports

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