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“PMC Ryodan”: what is known about the informal grouping and detentions of teenagers throughout Russia

Over the weekend of February 20, telegram channels and the media reported mass detentions of teenagers in shopping malls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Novosibirsk and Rostov-on-Don. According to publications, the inmates are followers of the informal teenage PMC Ryodan subculture. In two shopping centers in Moscow and St. Petersburg, fights broke out, criminal proceedings were initiated under the article on hooliganism. What is known about this can be found in the RTVI material.

“PMC Ryodan” is the name of a teenage subculture inspired by the Japanese manga Hunter x Hunter, which features the criminal group “Genei Redan”. The teenagers use the group’s symbols from the manga – a spider with the number 4. Baza says followers of the movement oppose “both quasi-soccer fans and Caucasian natives and migrants”.

On Wednesday, February 22, the SHOT telegram channel reported that a massive fight between teenagers took place in the Aviapark shopping center in Moscow. According to the channel, the reason for the fight was that one company didn’t like the way the other was dressed. Judging by the video, the fights took place on several floors of the mall. According to the recording released by the channel, mall security is not involved in what is happening. In the direction of the Moscow Investigative Committee declared who verify. By data Mash, nine teenagers were arrested in the event of a fight.

After this fight, “raids on teenagers” began in Aviparks, Baza claimed. The Telegram channel wrote that this was due to “planned mass fights” by alleged members of the Ryodan PMC. Baza also claimed that Moscow police had been instructed to watch out for teenagers with long dark hair and spider badges on their clothes.

Monday, RIA Novosti, citing a police source reported that on February 24 and 25, 350 people were detained in Moscow, whom the security forces consider to be involved in the informal movement of adolescents “PMC Ryodan”, 319 detainees are minors. According to the agency’s interlocutor, gas cartridges, knives and airsoft guns were confiscated from some of the detainees.

The source said that on February 23, several participants in the movement insulted “non-Slavic-looking people” during a broadcast telegram. After that, a group of teenagers descended on the metro, where they fought with another company at Lubyanka station. One of the participants in the fight was sprayed in the face with an aerosol canister. The police opened a criminal case for hooliganism (part 2 of article 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), three minors are involved in it. CASS writing that four minors are involved in the case, including the head of Ryodan. All suspects have been placed under house arrest.

Most of the detained teenagers were released and the parents of 11 minors received administrative protocols on non-compliance with parental duties.

Another fight took place in the shopping center “Gallery” in St. Petersburg on February 26. fontanka writing that a teenager dressed in black with a spider was “attacked by other children”. In total, according to the publication, held there were 216 teenagers. Police say a group of teenagers attacked a peer in the mall, the suspected participants in the dispute are between 14 and 17 years old. According to investigators, the 17-year-old student “with accomplices inflicted several punches and kicks on a 15-year-old student”.

Commission of Inquiry for St. Petersburg excited a criminal hooliganism case, a 17-year-old freshman was arrested.

Amid reports of fights and detentions of teenagers in the capital, police have started to check malls in other areas. “Taiga.info” in reference to eyewitnesses writing on the detention of young people in the shopping center “Gallery” in Novosibirsk. In the video released by the publication, a crowd of police can be seen standing at the entrance.

NGS.ru informed that “not only spider lovers, but also opponents of PMC Ryodan” gathered in the mall. In total, there were more than a hundred teenagers. According to eyewitnesses, the police surrounded a group of young people on the third floor near one of the shops and “chased people out of the crowd”. Half an hour later, some of the teenagers ran out of the publication, shouting insults at the police.

Correspondent 161.ru informed that on the evening of February 26, police and Russian Guard employees cordoned off the Horizont shopping center in Rostov-on-Don. According to eyewitnesses, teenagers ran around the mall parking lot and “filled themselves with spray cans.”

In Kazan, the police held 16 teenagers born in 2002-2008. The Interior Ministry said it received a message about a violation of public order in one of the shopping centers on Ibragimov Street. The detainees were taken to the police.

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