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In May 2016, a mass brawl broke out at the Khovanskoye cemetery in Moscow. The conflict, which was accompanied by a skirmish, involved between 200 and 400 people; three were killed. This event completed the redistribution of the Moscow funeral services market: instead of immigrants from the Moscow Region Khimki, whose attempts to gain a foothold in the capital led to a clash on Khovanskoye, almost all Moscow cemeteries were headed by businessmen from the Stavropol Territory, associated with the capital's FSB administration.
Meduza published the second part of the investigation by correspondent Ivan Golunov about the Moscow funeral services market: the journalist was figuring out who could artificially create a shortage of places for burial, which would cause burial prices to skyrocket. The material was supposed to be released in June, but on June 6, Golunov was unexpectedly detained and the work had to be interrupted. The journalist was charged with selling drugs on an especially large scale under Art. 228.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and was sent under house arrest. At the trial, he argued that the drugs were planted and it was the investigation of the funeral business that caused the persecution and threats.
After the case of Ivan Golunov received a public outcry and protests took place all over the world, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev announced the termination of the criminal case due to "lack of evidence of participation in the crime." At the same time, Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the dismissal of the head of the Department for Combating Illicit Drug Trafficking of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Moscow, Yuri Devyatkin, and the head of the Internal Affairs Directorate for ZAO Moscow, Andrey Puchkov.
After the correspondent was released, journalists from Forbes, Vedomosti, BBC Russian Service, Novaya Gazeta and other publications joined the investigation. Today the text was published by several dozen media outlets, including foreign ones: The Independent, Liberation, Der Spiegel and others.