21 Sep 2017 13:54

Christian State leader released after interrogation over car arson near office of Uchitel's lawyer - source

MOSCOW. Sept 21 (Interfax) - The leader of the Christian State - Holy Rus movement, Alexander Kalinin, has been released after being interrogated by investigators as part of an inquiry opened after cars parked near the office of Russian film director Alexei Uchitel's lawyer, Konstantin Dobrynin, were set on fire, and his brother Yury and another two suspects have been detained, a source in law-enforcement agencies told Interfax on Thursday.

"Alexander Kalinin has answered questions as part of a case opened into these arson attacks. His remarks in regard to the Matilda film and its creator, Alexei Uchitel, will be examined," the source said.

Kalinin was released after the interrogation and will be free pending the results of the investigation, he said.

Three people suspected of setting cars near Dobrynin's Moscow office ablaze have been charged with intentional destruction of property, another source said.

"Yesterday, Yury Kalinin, Alexander Bayanov, and Denis Mantalutsa were charged [...] with the intentional destruction of property through arson, guided by motives of hooliganism," the source said.

The detainees' guilt is confirmed, among other things, by the seizure of canisters containing remnants of fuel and notes reading "Burn for Matilda" during searches, he said.

If found guilty, the suspects may face up to five years in prison.

Interfax has so far been unable to obtain official confirmation of these reports from law enforcement agencies.