In a statement, St. Petersburg police called the follow-up raids a preventive measure and said that immigration police were reviewing residency permits for 330 of those detained. The statement said that 26 people had been charged with hooliganism and 19 people were being investigated for participating in the fight.
The open-air Sennoy market, a popular hub for migrant workers, has become a frequent target for immigration raids by city police. In early February, more than 270 people were detained in Muslim prayer rooms near the market in an investigation into the distribution of extremist literature and video clips showing terrorist acts. In that case, police deported seven of the men, natives of Tajikistan and Azerbaijan, and investigated another man on suspicion of having incited terrorism and hatred. A conviction under that charge can carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
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