Russian special forces ensured the arrest of the suspected murderer who triggered a race riot in Moscow was very public, plucking Azeri national Orkhan Zeinalov from a forest before flying him in a helicopter to the interior ministry in Moscow.
Zeinalov was captured about 100 kilometres from the Russian capital in Kolomna and will be interrogated about the death by stabbing of Egor Shcherbakov on Thursday. He is the prime suspect in the young Russian’s murder.
The southern Moscow district of Biryulevo is still cleaning up after a Russian nationalist mob swept through it at the weekend claiming to be looking for Shcherbakov’s killer, smashing shops and shouting racist slogans against migrants from the Caucasus. The mob clashed with police, who on Monday rounded up more than a thousand locals. Their police chief has since been replaced.