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Concert Brawl Suspect Held

A cafe owner accused of organizing riots that saw about 80 thugs beat up fans at a rock festival in the Chelyabinsk region on Aug. 29 was placed under arrest by the Miass City Court on Friday, Interfax reported.

Police said Robert Nazaryan, a 34-year-old Armenia native who owned a cafe in the vicinity of the festival, staged the riots that left 19 people injured after a quarrel with one of the concertgoers.

Forty-six attackers have been identified, police said, adding that 22 of them have been detained and, along with Nazaryan, face up to seven years in prison on hooliganism charges. 

(MT)


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