At the request of the investigation, the Tverskoy court extended the arrest of Zenit football player Alexander Kokorin and Krasnodar football club midfielder Pavel Mamaev until February 8, 2019. This means that the athletes will spend the New Year's holidays behind bars, away from their families. However, the lawyers intend to appeal against such a court decision.
The day before, a meeting was held in the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow, at which the investigation's petition to extend the stay in the pre-trial detention center of football players Kokorin and Mamaev until February 8, 2019 was considered.
The athletes and their lawyers have expressed their objections to the accusations against them, the investigators said that they cannot be released on bail or house arrest, since they have "unlimited financial resources" and can flee the country. In addition, according to the investigation, Alexander Kokorin has connections in the power structures, thanks to which he will be able to exert pressure on the victims.
As a result, the court decided to extend the arrest of Mamaev and Kokorin until February 8, 2019. Hearing this verdict, the athletes drooped, and the mother of 27-year-old Alexander Kokorin and his brother, 19-year-old Kirill, who is also accused in this case, burst into tears.
We will remind, on October 8, football players Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev first staged a brawl with the driver of the presenter of Channel One, and then continued the brawl in a cafe. There they attacked Denis Pak, director of the automotive and railway engineering department, and Sergei Gaisin, general director of NAMI. Kokorin and Mamaev were charged under the articles "Hooliganism" and "Beating".
The unseemly behavior of the players caused public outrage. In particular, the trainer Edgard Zapashny spoke sharply on this topic.