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Moscow Police Detain Four in Riot

June 13, 2002

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MOSCOW (AP) _ Moscow police detained four more people Thursday in connection with a deadly soccer riot, bringing the number in custody to 12.

The riot broke out Sunday during an outdoor broadcast of Russia’s 1-0 World Cup loss to Japan. Hundreds of drunken youths attacked shops, cars, police and each other in the city center. Two people died and dozens were injured.

Two people were charged with participating in mass disturbances, and the other two with hooliganism. The city prosecutor’s office said it plans to charge four more suspects in the coming days.

Many Russians have criticized the Moscow police for failing to ensure security during the match, which was broadcast live on a large screen across from the Kremlin. City officials have promised better security during the match between Russia and Belgium on Friday, which will also be broadcast on the large screen off Red Square.

Moscow officials have canceled a concert by the German rock group Rammstein, scheduled for next Wednesday, due to fears the concert could spark more rioting, the Interfax news agency reported.

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