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Published in Press Stream:
June 17, 2016

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Published in Stream:
June 17, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
6 Russian Soccer Fans Detained in Cologne for Beating Spanish Tourists
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Stream: June 17, 2016
Publication: Russia Update
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German police in the city of Cologne detained 6 Russian soccer fans for instigating a fight while intoxicated on the square near the train station by the cathedral, Novaya Gazeta reported.

Police said the Russian fans had traveled by train from Brussels to Cologne, from where they intended to fly back to Russia. 

The Russians grew angry at two Spanish tourists, accompanied by a German woman, who were distributing leaflets in support of a Spanish leftist organization. An argument grew into a fistfight in which the Russians broken a Spaniard's nose, and the German woman and other Spaniard were lightly injured.

Police reacted swiftly, as this square is the exact same location as the mass disorders on New Year's Eve last year when hundreds of women were subjected to sexual assaults or robbed. Surveillance cameras have now been installed. 

Five Russians were detained at the scene and a sixth tried to flee to the airport but the German police caught him. All are aged 26-30, and were found to have tickets to the games of Russia versus England in Marseilles, and Russia versus Slovakia in Lille. Face masks, quartz gloves and spetsnaz helmets were also discovered in their luggage.

German authorities are now checking with their French counterparts to see if any of the Russians detained in Germany were involved in the brawl in Marseilles. They are determining whether the Russians should be released pending trial.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick