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Diplomats call to leave it at 3:3


The cases of the beatings of Polish citizens in Moscow have been combined in one proceeding. Russia and Poland decided not to complicate their mutual relationship any further and to investigate the attacks on Russians and Poles as quickly as possible. In Warsaw the leader of the assailants is under arrest, and in Moscow photofit pictures of the suspected criminals have been worked out.

On Saturday the Department for Criminal Retrieval of the Russian Ministry of the Interior declared, that one investigator will examine the criminal cases about the beatings of two Polish diplomats and one journalist of the newspaper Rech Pospolita. Before that, two different departments had taken care of the investigation, the Presnenskiy department (in charge of the area where Andzej Urjatko and Marek Reszuta were beaten up) and the Dorogomilovskiy department (where Pavel Reszka was attacked). All three criminal cases are based on art. 115 of the Russian criminal code, intended infliction of slight damage to someones health and have been combined in one proceeding.

In the Ministry of the Interiors Department for Criminal Retrieval it was declared that this measure was taken because these crimes were committed in a short period of time and have a similar signature. At the same time, the operating staff, including most experienced members of the Department for Criminal Retrieval of the Moscow Central Directorate of Internal Affairs, the Russian Ministry of the Interior and district sub-departments, does the operative work, and all information regularly goes to the CID detective of the Moscow Central Administrative District. As usual, the Ministry declared that the work is impeded by queries (from the Poles Gazeta.ru) to the Ministrys organs.

The day before, law-enforcement organs managed to work out two photofit pictures of the suspects.

Since neither Reszuta nor Urjatko engaged in investigations (as the Moscow Central Directorate of Internal Affairs claims Polish diplomats affirm the opposite), only Reszka gave a description of the criminals. The journalist described one of the assailants and a man that he saw nearby in a Mercedes car. Pavel Reszka suggested that this man informed his accomplices by cell phone when their object approached them. Furthermore, when Reszka was lying in the hospital together with Reszuta, the latter told him that he also noticed a man with a cell phone.

At the same time on Saturday morning, the ambassador of Poland in Russia, Stefan Meller, arrived at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Smolenskaya Square. He was we welcomed by the Deputy Minister, Viktor Loshchinin, who temporarily takes care of the Ministers duties (earlier, he was received on a lower level, by the Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry, Sergei Kislyak). In the Ministry the Ambassador was informed about the safety measures taken in regard to the territory of the embassy (five militia officers at the entrance, three patrolling the surrounding area on foot and one by car) and about the results of the investigation. Also, the Ambassador was forced to hear out the complaints from the Russian side. There were implications that the investigation of the beating of Russian diplomats children in Warsaw has also not been successful yet. We hope, that Warsaw treats this subject with responsibility, the external department told the Polish ambassador.

The Russian Foreign Ministry hopes, that regardless of the pre-election heat, the pushing of anti-Russian moods, which creates an atmosphere between the two countries that renders possible criminal acts like those in Warsaw and Moscow, will stop. We are not content with the present situation of Russian-Polish relations. Finally, common sense and goodwill should prevail, supporting the realization of a mutual interest in the development of neighborliness and a cooperation that brings benefits for both sides, the Foreign Ministry declared to ITAR-TASS.

The meeting of the Deputy Foreign Minister with the Polish Ambassador was only possible after a phone conversation between the Russian president Vladimir Putin and the Polish president Alexander Kvasnievski last Friday.

The presidents agreed that the beatings of diplomats were just an ordinary crime, although this became possible because of the unfavorable political atmosphere between the two countries.

The ascertainment of the relation between Russia and Poland began with the beating of children of embassy staff members in Warsaw. On July 31st, in the evening, children of members of the Russian embassy in Poland 16-year-old Artem Konovalov, 15-year-old Kirill Levin and 16-year-old Aleksei Kudryavtsev were attacked by about 15 athletic young men. They beat the teenagers up (the doctors determined bruises, brain tremor and teeth knocked out) and took their cell phones and money away. The Polish investigators are certain that local skinheads attacked the children. On Thursday, August 11th, the police in Warsaw arrested two collections of stolen goods. There they found things that had been taken away from the children. These criminals are still on the loose, but now it is just a matter of time until they are arrested, a police officer told ITAR-TASS. On Saturday the Polish Ambassador Meller informed his Russian colleagues that one of the gang leaders in Warsaw is under arrest. The Ambassador promised that his accomplices will also be arrested.

At about the same time, Moscow investigators showed Andzej Urjatko four people that are suspected to have attacked him. However, the Pole did not recognize any of them as his assailants

[15.07.2005]

Source: gazeta.ru

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