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Top 9 Crime Headlines of Russia in 2022

Top 9 Crime Headlines of Russia in 2022

Russia is one of the largest countries in the world area wise and and the crimes in Russia and also a lot with theft being the highest recorded crime in Russia in 2021 resulting in 36% among all crimes followed by fraud at 16.6%.

Crime rates in Russia have been decreasing as per statistics in the last 2 decades. As a result, people feel safe living in Russia. However, one needs to be careful living there of petty crimes as well as theft.

Among all these crimes, many instances of some horror crimes come into light. Hence, in this article, I have listed several shocking criminal acts that took place in 2022 in Russia.

Top 9 Shocking Crimes in Russia

1. The Bucha Massacre

The Bucha Massacre is a painful mass killing of civilians of the Bucha Town, near Ukrainian capital Kyiv, by the Russian military.

In March 2022, the Reuter journalists saw bodies lying in the streets, where the hands and feet of multiple corpses were poking out of a still open grave at a church ground. It has been reported that 458 bodies were recovered from the town, including 9 children under the age of 18.

The corpses were found with hands bound behind the backs. Close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture were observed after Russian soldiers withdrew from the area. The massacre came into record when the satellite images of this gruesome massacre were revealed in the media.

Ukraine has alleged the Russian army for the massacre, however, Russia has denied the allegations by stating that the dead bodies were placed after the Russian troops left that area.

2. Ulyanovsk Kindergarten Shooting

On 26th April 2022, a gunman opened fire at a kindergarten school in central Ulyanovsk region of Russia, which killed four people including two children and one teacher.

According to the police reports Ruslan Akhtyamov(26) entered the Ryabinka kindergarten with an IZh-27 double-barreled shotgun. He stole the gun from one of the staff members and killed him, when he tried to stop Akhtyamov.

He then entered a classroom where the children were in their naptime. The gunman in the class opened fire and killed two children and one teacher after which he killed himself.

The law enforcement agencies states that the perpetrator must have been suffering from mental illness. The governor of Ulyanovsk region had provided condolences to the tragedy and announced that the families of the victim will be given the medical, social and psychological assistance.

3. Bakhmut ‘Meat Grinder’

Bakhmut is an Ukrainian city, where Russian invasion war is still going on since May 2022. But the casualties have started since the month of August.

This battle is referred as the ‘meat grinder’ due to the high number of casualties being sustained by both sides, i.e. Russia and Ukraine. Till now 125 civilians have been killed by the Russian troops in Bakhmut.

Over the past few days, in December, the Ukrainian media have released photos of a cemetery on the outskirts of Bakhmut, which shows many graves being dugged up recently.

The attempts to rapidly expand the number of graves are also made to keep up with the influx of dead and to also make headway before the ground freezes any further as temperatures continue to drop.

4. Alexander Subbotin Death

In September 2022, billionaire Alexander Subbotin (43), executive of energy giant Lukoil died after ‘shamans’ treated him with toad venom to cure his hangover.

It has been reported that Subbotin sought treatment for a bad hangover from two controversial shamans, otherwise known as traditional healers or diviners of spirits.

The reports say that the pair made an incision in Subbotin’s body and used it to administer toad venom. Subbotin had a heart attack shortly afterward and was then given a tranquillizer in the form of the herb valerian.

However, the pair had denied treating Subbotin, but claimed that he was their friend.

5. Mass Graves of Izium 

On 15th September 2022, the Ukrainian city of Izium was found with mass graves of 440 civilians who were killed by the Russian military during the occupation of the city.

It has been reported that around 1,000 people were killed during the battle for occupation of Izium.

The Ukrainian investigators have found 447 bodies in the woods near the city of Izium, which included 414 civilians and 22 servicemen.

The dead showed multiple signs violent deaths, torture and summary execution, including ropes around their necks, bound hands, broken limbs and genital amputation.

Residents who survived the occupation stated that the Russians targeted specific individuals and that they already had lists of those locals who were in the military, the families of military people, or the people who were veterans of the War in Donbas that occurred between 2014 and 2022.

6. Kupiansk Civilian Convoy Shelling

On 25th September, the Kupiansk town of Ukraine suffered a war crime by the Russian military that killed 26 civilians.

The Ukrainian troops found the dead bodies of civilians on the outskirts of the village of Kurylivka in six cars and a van that had been shot and burned out while trying to leave in the direction of the village of Pishchane. 

The law enforcement officers identified all the victims of the motorcade, and they turned out to be 48 local residents among which 26 were dead including 13 children and a pregnant woman while 22 people escaped the place.

The French investigators discovered signs of the use of 30 mm and 45 mm high-explosive shells, as well as VOG-17 and VOG-25 grenades.

7. Izhevsk School Shooting

On 26th September, 2022, a man named Artem Kazantsev killed two security guards and then opened fire on students and teachers at School Number 88 in Izhevsk, where he had once been a pupil. He then killed himself.

In the shooting, 15 people were killed including 11 children and 24 were injured including 2 children.

According to Russia’s investigative committee, which handles major crimes, the perpetrator was wearing a T-shirt with a swastika on it, so they are looking for suspected neo-Nazi links. He was armed with two pistols and a large supply of ammunition.

The perpetrator has been registered with a “psycho-neurological” treatment facility. Also the higher authorities claims it as a terrorist act by a person who apparently belongs to a neo-fascist organisation or group. The investigation is still undergoing in the case.

8. Attack on Russian Military Recruits

On 15th October 2022, two gunmen opened fired on Russian military recruits at a training ground in Belgorod region of Russia that killed 11 people and wounded 15 others.

According to the reports, the gunmen were said to be from Soviet states and the attack was conducted as an act of terrorism.

The attack took place during a training session at the Western Military District, where the volunteers were preparing for a special operation. The terrorists attacked the personnel of the unit with small-arms. The two gunmen were killed in retaliatory fire at the training ground.

9. Yevgeny Nuzhin Murder

Yevgeny Anatolievich Nuzhin (55), a convicted Russian murderer was brutally executed by the ‘Wagner group’ on 12th November 2022.

A video was released by the Wagner affiliated Telegram channel, which showed how Nuzhin has been repeatedly struck with a sledgehammer.

In the video, Nuzhin could be seen lying down with his head taped to a brick wall as an unidentified man in combat clothing with a sledgehammer.

Nuzhin (55), had been serving a 24-year prison sentence for a murder he committed in 1999 when he was freed in July and conscripted into Wagner, a notorious military group run by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a powerful Russian businessman and a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

Prigozhin took the responsibility of killing Nuzhin, under ‘execution for treachery‘ and called it ‘dog’s death for a dog‘.

During the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Nuzhin was captured by the Ukraine military and as a prisoner of war he gave interview to the Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov, stating that he joined Wagner Group after Prigozhin visited his prison in Ryazan region.

According to the reports, he had been kidnapped while he was returning to Russia in a 45 to 45 prisoner exchange.

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