Incident Summary:

09/11/2017: Assailants set fire to vehicles outside the office of Konstantin Dobrynin, the lawyer for Matilda film director Alexei Uchitel, in Moscow, Russia. There were no reported casualties. A member of Christian State-Holy Rus claimed responsibility for the incident and stated, "My feelings as a believer had been insulted." Moreover, sources noted that a note left at the scene stated, "Burn for Matilda."




Eastern Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred along the Starokonyushenny Lane in the Central neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Pen and Paper, Attorneys at Law
Specific Description Office of Lawyer of Film Director Alexei Uchitel: Konstantin Dobrynin
Nationality of Target Russia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Alexei Uchitel's office in St. Petersburg was also targeted in an arson attack on August 31, 2017.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Christian State-Holy Rus Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Four detained over car arson near office of 'Matilda' film director's lawyer - Russian Interior Ministry (Part 2)," Interfax, September 21, 2017.
"Another detainee in case of setting fire to cars outside lawyer Dobrynin's office, brother of Christian State leader, admits involvement in arson," Interfax, September 21, 2017.
"RFE/RL: Christian state extremist group’s leader in Russia detained,", September 21, 2017.