Moscow, Jan 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Maximum punishment has been sought for an Egyptian national studying in Russia after he desecrated the Eternal Flame in the country by urinating on it.
The Egyptian, a 29-year-old postgraduate student at Volgograd Medical Univeristy, urinated on the Eternal Flame at the Heroes Alley in memory to the heroes of the Civil War (1917-1921) and the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) in the Volgograd city on New Year's night.
Vladimir Gutenev, a State Duma deputy and member of the ruling United Russia party, said the incident was "a blasphemy", adding that the act could not possibly be tolerated.
"I believe that a citizen of Egypt, a country with a very ancient culture should be punished to the maximum extent of the law," Gutenev said, adding that it should serve as a warning to others.
The Egyptian, who was handed over to police by a group of people following a clash with a person, later said he was sorry and it happened after he drank too much alcohol with his Russian friends.
A city magistrate sentenced the Egyptian student to 10 days of administrative arrest for "petty hooliganism". But now is he facing more serious charges -- desecration of the grave and causing light bodily harm, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years.