Looters marred the streets of a suburb of Moscow as Russia’s highest court acquitted a middle-aged “houno” for his part in the theft of 7,000 hachisar hats from a tailor’s shop in a St. Petersburg department store.

“As soon as I see them, I’ll just drop in the street,” houno turned houno said Wednesday, as he celebrated his acquittal in the Perm Duma court.

Eager to flex his muscles, several Russian “hounos” have now embarked on a quest to defend themselves in court by parading the court cases of their political enemies.

“I’ve changed my name — but they still think I’m a houno,” Kairat Aglev, 32, told Russian media. Aglev is among a group of “hounos” who plan to contest bailiffs who have failed to pay the 750,000 rubles ($11,000) in damages they claim the group won from a department store.

Other hounos will argue the dismissal of the prosecution’s case in several other cases they have won at court, once they are paid 500,000 rubles ($7,000) in damages.

“Why are they trying to make us criminals, while all they do is openly lie?” Alexei Mazepa, one of the group’s lawyers, said. “Hounos need to be given the same right as a lawyer.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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