Rus­sian man ar­rested af­ter alledegly killing his fam­ily

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Rus­sian in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Wed­nes­day they had ar­rested a man sus­pected of killing his com­mon-law wife, his mother and six small chil­dren and hack­ing their bod­ies to pieces with an axe.

The In­ves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee, which probes ma­jor crimes, said Oleg Belov was de­tained on sus­pi­cion of car­ry­ing out the mur­ders, for which he could face up to 20 years in jail.

Po­lice broke into the fam­ily apart­ment in the cen­tral Rus­sian city of Nizhny Nov­gorod on Tues­day and found the bod­ies of the six chil­dren and their mother hacked to pieces.

A se­nior Rus­sian of­fi­cial said the mother was be­lieved to be preg­nant when she was mur­dered.

The alarm had been raised af­ter the chil­dren, all aged six and un­der, failed to turn up at kinder­garten in late July.

State tele­vi­sion showed po­lice re­mov­ing the bod­ies from the apart­ment in black plas­tic sacks.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also con­firmed find­ing a woman’s body, also hacked to pieces, in the neigh­bor­ing Vladimir re­gion who was pre­lim­i­nar­ily iden­ti­fied as Belov’ s mother.

The 52-year-old sus­pect was dis­cov­ered at the sum­mer house of the chil­dren’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother, also in the Vladimir re­gion.

Spe­cial forces shot Belov dur­ing the ar­rest op­er­a­tion and he was taken to hos­pi­tal with an ab­dom­i­nal wound.

Lo­cal media said Belov was un­em­ployed and lived on dis­abil­ity pay­ments af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with schizophre­nia.

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