May 6, 2019 / 2:41 PM / a year ago

Prosecutor asks for jail time for Russian soccer stars accused of violence: RIA

Russian soccer player Alexander Kokorin, who is charged with a brutal assault and held in custody, is seen inside a defendants' cage as he attends a court hearing in Moscow, Russia May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian prosecutor on Monday asked a court to hand jail sentences to two famous Russian soccer players accused of taking part in violent attacks in Moscow, the RIA news agency reported.

Some critics of the Kremlin say it is using the case of Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev to deflect attention from bigger problems, an allegation it has ignored.

RIA said a prosecutor had asked the court to jail Kokorin for one year and six months and Mamayev for one year and 5 months.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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