About 200 people clashed inside the Khovanskoye cemetery in southwest Moscow. The fighters fired guns and used shovels, baseball bats and steel bars to bash their opponents, police said. The brawl may have erupted over an ongoing attempt by an armed gang to extort money from cemetery workers and “tax” them up to 90 % of their earnings, Life-ru reports.
Video of the wild fight showed dozens of people rushing past headstones while clutching bats and poles as weapons.
At least 23 of the brawlers were injured in the brutal melee, four of whom were rushed to a local hospital in serious condition, health officials said.
Two people died after a car fleeing the chaotic scene crashed into them, police said. It’s not clear how the third slain victim was killed.
Police said the brawl was believed to have been about who controls providing burial services at the sprawling graveyard. About 50 people have been detained for questioning, police said.
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