21 Sep 2017 21:41

Court arrests until Nov 11 third member of group of arsonists who set fire to cars outside lawyer Dobrynin's office

MOSCOW. Sept 21 (Interfax) - Moscow's Khamovnichesky District Court has ordered to arrest until November 11, 2017, Denis Mantaluts, the third defendant in the criminal case opened after cars were set on fire outside the office of film director Alexei Uchitel's lawyer Konstantin Dobrynin.

"The court has resolved to accommodate the investigation's request to select the measure of restraint against defendant Mantaluts in the form of custody through November 11, 2017," Judge Diana Mishchenko said in a court decision on Thursday.

Mantaluts and his lawyer had asked the court to put the defendant under house arrest. According to Mantaluts himself, he is a de-facto resident of Moscow, where he does a part-time job as a boxing coach, being also an owner of a sports club in Moldova.

The issue of the defendant's acknowledgement of his wrongdoing was not raised during the court proceedings.

As reported earlier, the court ordered to arrest until the same day two other defendants in the case: Yury Kalinin, brother of Christian State - Holy Russia movement leader Alexander Kalinin, and Alexander Bayanov. Both of them said at court that they admitted the charges.

Charges of intentional destruction or damage to property have been brought against all the suspects.