- Six Chechen defendants cut their wrists in mass suicide attempt in Russian court
- The ‘suicide attempt’ was in protest of how they were treated, they claimed
- The men were on trial in Moscow following a fight in a sushi bar in 2015
- They arrived at the restaurant armed with a crossbow, rifles and baseball bats
Six Chechen defendants, charged with hooliganism,f cut their wrists with blades fashioned from cigarette lighters in a mass suicide attempt inside a Russian court.
The attempt was in protest of how they were treated, with the gang later claiming they were being racially discriminated against.
The men were on trial in Moscow following a fight at a sushi bar in 2015. They had arrived at the restaurant armed with a crossbow, rifles and baseball bats.
Six Chechen defendants charged with hooliganism cut their wrists with objects fashioned from cigarette lighters in a mass suicide attempt inside a Russian court
It was alleged that the six Chechens threatened diners and even beat up one, though their motive for doing so was unclear.
An ambulance was summoned to the court but that paramedics were not allowed inside as the Chechens said they did not want to be treated by them, Russian media reported.
However, people inside the courtroom are believed to have treated them inside. None of the men’s lives are thought to be in danger.
All of the defendants claimed that they were being discriminated against because of their Chechen origins, and that their constitutional rights were not being granted, though no details of the claims emerged.
Their lawyer said later that they were simply in a desperate situation. The hearing continued behind closed doors, with the press and the public expelled.
Chechnya fought two wars against Russia in the 1990s after declaring independence from it in 1991. The area is now a federal subject of Russia, in its south-west.