20 Sep 2017 13:14

Three people suspected of setting fire to cars outside office of Matilda director's lawyer detained

MOSCOW. Sept 20 (Interfax) - Policemen have detained three suspects in the criminal case opened after a car belonging to Konstantin Dobrynin, the lawyer of Alexei Uchitel, the director of the film Matilda, burned down in Moscow, police said.

"As part of the criminal investigation, employees of the Center on Counteraction against Extremism, aided by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Russian Interior Ministry Main Directorate for Moscow, have identified [...] three individuals suspected of having committed this offence," Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told Interfax.

"One of the suspects was detained in Moscow and another two in the Lipetsk region," she added.

An informed source told Interfax that three individuals had been detained, including the leader of the organization Christian State - Holy Russia, Alexander Kalinin. A man from Transdniestria is suspected of organizing the arson, the source said. Kalinin is being interrogated by investigators in the case, the source added. "His procedural status has not yet been determined," the source said.

On September 11, lawyer Konstantin Dobrynin wrote on his Facebook page that unidentified arsonists had set a car on fire outside the office of Pen&Paper, a legal firm, on Starokonyushenny Lane. Visible in the photos attached to the post are pieces of paper with notes saying: "Burn for Matilda." Police opened a criminal case on suspicion of intentional damage to property after two cars, one Honda and one Mercedes, were burned outside the office.