- The Washington Times - Monday, June 10, 2002

MOSCOW (AP) Russian soccer fans rampaged near the Kremlin after their team lost to Japan in the World Cup yesterday, setting fire to cars, smashing store windows and attacking a group of young Japanese musicians. At least one man was killed in the melee.
An Associated Press photographer saw a mutilated corpse lying on the street during the chaos, which erupted across a square from the Kremlin walls and lasted for more than an hour.
At least seven cars could be seen burning, and more than a dozen were completely overturned. Dozens of others had their windows smashed.
Thousands of fans ran through the streets chanting "Forward, Russia!" and other soccer slogans. They broke shop windows, jumped up and down on cars and fought among themselves, throwing empty beer bottles at each other. Some of them were wrapped in the Russian tricolor.
Plumes of smokes rose from several cars near the national parliament building and from the square in front of the Bolshoi Theater. The windows of shops up to a mile away including a Tiffany's jewelry store, a Sbarro pizzeria, an Ecco shoe store and the historic Yeliseyevsky grocery store were smashed.
Cars had their windows broken along the road leading to the headquarters of the Russian security services, the former KGB, as well as in front of the offices of the Russian Presidential Administration.
The Interfax news agency said one man was knifed to death and more than 20 people, including one policeman, were injured in the riots.
A duty officer at the Interior Ministry who gave only his last name, Trofimov, confirmed that one person was killed and 20 injured. Moscow's chief prosecutor, Mikhail Avtyukhov, told ORT television that authorities found the corpse of a young man believed to have been beaten to death in the riot.
Avtyukhov said about 50 people had been hospitalized, including more than 20 law enforcement officers.
Moscow police chief Vladimir Pronin said there were 8,000 fans involved, according to Interfax. The agency quoted Moscow police spokesman Sergei Shevtsov as saying that about 60 people were detained.
More than an hour after most of the violence ended, an Associated Press reporter saw the body lying outside a nearby hospital. It apparently was brought there by police.
Five music students from Japan who were attending the 12th Tchaikovsky musical competition nearby were attacked by soccer hooligans, a duty officer at the Japanese embassy in Moscow said. One of the students was injured, but his wounds were not considered serious.
The fans, mostly teen-age boys and young men, watched the match on a big screen set up on Manezh Square next to the Kremlin. Japan defeated Russia 1-0.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide