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Nashi Members Brawl With Official's Family Over Double-Parked Car


Police have opened a criminal case in connection with a brawl between members ofpro-Kremlin youth group Nashi andthe family ofa Chechen government official over theofficial's wife's parked car, after avideo ofthe fight went viral online.

Members ofNashi's StopKham movement, which targets drivers who park inplaces that block public transport or other parked cars, approached awoman outside theYevropeisky shopping mall inMoscow who had double-parked, according toa video ofthe incident posted online byStopKham onTuesday. Theyoung men fromStopKham told thewoman that there is parking available inside theshopping center andask her tomove her car.

Thewoman, who was later identified innews reports as Madina Mingayeva, wife ofdeputy presidential plenipotentiary toChechnya Tamerlan Mingayev, said she refused tomove her car "on principle."

Theyoung men say they will place asticker roughly two feet indiameter onher windshield that reads, "I don't care about anyone, I park where I want," thetraditional punishment meted out bythe group fortheir targets. Mingayeva responds: "I'll stick [it] onyour foreheads!"

She asks aStopKham member toerase avideo recording ofthe argument being made, threatening that if he doesn't she will "rip his legs off."

"You're going tocrawl around ontwo hands, you understand?" she says.

Thevideo then cuts toa group ofmen arriving tothe scene ina car. Soon after, afistfight breaks out. News reports said Mingayeva's son Islam was among thegroup that came tothe scene.

Inan interview Thursday with Russian News Service radio, StopKham leader Ilya Fadeyev said thegroup was satisfied with theresults ofthe incident, andimplied no legal action would be taken.

"Our main goal was toshow tothe violator, shame her alittle bit, andwe'll stop there. We're not going tomake amountain out ofa molehill," Fadeyev said.

Mingayev's boss, presidential plenipotentiary toChechnya Bekkhan Taimaskhanov, told Interfax onWednesday that the"issue was settled," without elaborating.

But on Thursday, Moscow police said a criminal investigation with a charge of hooliganism had been opened in connection with the fight, even while both sides say they did not file an official complaint, Interfax reported.

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