Support The Moscow Times!

France Deports Leader of Russian Football Fans for Second Time

Russian soccer fan leader Alexander Shprygin

Alexander Shprygin, the head of the Russian Supporters Union, was deported from France for a second time on Wednesday, Radio Free Europe reported.

Shprygin travelled to France with a group of football fans to support the Russian national football team during the European Championships and was arrested on June 11 with 42 other fans over violence that marred the start of the tournament. On June 18, he and 20 other fans were deported.

Two days later Shprygin was detained again during the Russia-Wales match, having entered France over the Spanish border in order to attend the game, the TASS news agency reported. French authorities said they put Shprygin on a plane to Moscow at a Paris airport, RFE reported.

Violent clashes between Russian and English supporters marred the start of the competition and made international headlines. More than 35 people were injured as a result of the brawls, which led to Russia being awarded a suspended disqualification by UEFA.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more