Koran, the suspect in the arson attack, was taken to a pre-trial detention center in Chechnya
Volgograd resident Nikita Zhuravel, who was arrested in connection with the burning of the Koran, was taken to the Grozny pre-trial detention center, RIA Novosti reports.
As the agency writes, “outraged residents of the region” met at the walls of Zhuravel’s detention center, some of them holding placards, including a call for a “people’s court”. In the video, several men hold identical placards with the inscriptions: “Hands off the Koran!”, “People’s court of the Satanist!”, “Russia is a country of religions!”.
Chechnya’s Minister of National Policy Akhmed Dudayev said earlier that Zhuravel will be tried in Chechnya. According to him, such a decision was taken at the initiative of federal authorities. Before that, the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, instructed to transfer the case to Chechnya.
19-year-old Nikita Zhuravel is accused of insulting the feelings of believers. He faces up to three years in prison. On Monday, a court in Volgograd arrested him for two months. During the meeting, Zhuravel, as noted, apologized to the Muslims and called his concession “very bad”.
According to the investigation, Zhuravel burned the Koran at the behest of the SBU against the backdrop of the Cathedral Mosque in Volgograd. He was allegedly promised 10,000 rubles for this. The press service of the SC claims that he gave an incriminating statement.