MOSCOW, January 15 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow investigation department has completed the probe into the criminal case against Rigla company employee Dmitry Vinogradov who had killed his six colleagues in a shooting rampage, an official said in an interview to Itar-Tass.
"In his testimony, he gives a detailed and conscious account of events on that day, underlining that he finally felt confidence with weapons in his hands. His guilt is proven; all the necessary investigative actions have been carried out. The investigators are now awaiting the conclusion of a psychiatric/psychological expert examination," Moscow investigation department director Vadim Yakovenko said.
On November 7, 2012 Vinogradov shot and killed his colleagues at their workplaces with two hunting rifles he had brought from home. Security guards then overpowered and disarmed him. Four men and two young women were killed.
Before the massacre, he placed a hate statement on his page in a social network, elaborating on his vision of the existence of humanity and the development of the society.
"The Rigla office tragedy is an unprecedentedly cruel act of self-assertion," which claimed six lives, Vadim Yakovenko noted, "it's a striking example that any talk about permission to carry weapons is out of the question."
As of now, the number of murders in Moscow where firearms were used is not high: 70 facts in 2012 of 447 murders reported in Moscow last year, i.e. 16 percent of all murders. "Nevertheless, such attacks always draw the public's attention," he noted adding that a majority of crimes against citizens' life and health are "household crimes, often committed in a state of alcoholic intoxication, with the attackers using improvised instruments of crime."
On Thursday, a Russian lawmaker said the parliament might pass a bill tightening control over weapons turnover as early as this spring.
"I believe our proposals to tighten control over weapons turnover and medical examination - though not offering complete guarantee - can partially avoid tragedies where weapons might be used. We're awaiting the government’s opinion regarding this legislative initiative and very much hope that the State Duma will be able to pass the lawbill during the spring session," one of the authors of the new document, chairwoman of the house committee for security and combating corruption Irina Yarovaya told reporters.
In November, the document was approved by the Supreme Court. The authors of the lawbill suggested banning the carrying of weapons for citizens in a state of alcoholic or narcotic intoxication. The fine might amount to 2,000 to 5,000 for citizens and 10,000 to 15,000 roubles for officials. A court may strip the culprit of the right to purchase, keep and carry a firearm for a period of six months to one year.
It is proposed to raise the age at which a person can buy a gun to 21 from the current 18. The weapons that can be purchased include firearms of limited range, and sport, hunting and signal weapons.
The lawmakers wish to specify that the medical certificates necessary for the purchase of pistol and guns can only be issued by medical organizations in the state or municipal health care system.
One of the proposed amendments envisions a ten-year jail turn for malicious infliction of serious harm to health "by using a weapon or objects used in the capacity of weapon."
In the latest incident on January 14, a kindergarten director told police in the town of Salavat that a shot had been fired at a kindergarten window. A police detail went to the scene to investigate. They ascertained that a 51-year-old local resident, supposedly unemployed, had fired several shots with his hunting rifle from the window of his apartment in Kolkhoznaya Street. After the man refused to leave the apartment and surrender him weapon, a decision was made to launch an operation. Police learnt that the man was the only person staying in the apartment. "As a special task force unit was storming the apartment, the man opened fire with his 12-gauge gun and was killed in return fire," a police representative told Tass.