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Jailed Russian duo freed

Russian footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin were released yesterday after spending nearly a year in prison over a night of drunken assaults. Russian state television showed Krasnodar midfielder Mamaev, 31, and Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Kokorin, 28, leave the prison where they were held in the southwestern Belgorod region. News agencies reported that Zenit has already signed a new contract with Kokorin. Wearing black hoodies, the pair rushed to a car while refusing to take questions from media gathered outside the prison. A court this month granted the footballers early release following their convictions in May for last year’s attacks in Moscow. Including time in pre-trial detention, they had served 11 months of their 17-18 month sentences for hooliganism. In a booze-fuelled night last October, Mamaev and Kokorin first assaulted the chauffeur of a TV presenter as he waited in a car park. In an assault caught on video, they then attacked two government officials in an upmarket cafe, hitting one of them with a chair.


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