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Court to review case against pharmacy employee who killed 6 colleagues

August 14, 2013, 9:43 UTC+3
Vinogradov went on a shooting spree in Moscow on November 7, 2012
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

MOSCOW, August 14 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow City Court on Wednesday will review on merits the criminal case against Dmitry Vinogradov, 30, who shot and killed his colleagues in a city pharmacy last November.

Vinogradov went on a shooting spree in Moscow on November 7, 2012. He entered an office of the Rigla pharmaceutical company in Chermyansky Street and opened fire at his colleagues. Three men and two women were killed on the spot, and a young man died in an ambulance. One wounded woman survived because of timely medical assistance.

Vinogradov was detained by Rigla guards.

He is accused under penal code Article 105, Part 2, /murder of two or more persons/, Article 30, Part 3 /attempted murder of two or more persons/ and Article 280, Part 1 /public calls for extremism/. The charges of extremism were added after prosecutors analyzed his manifesto he placed on his page in the VKontakte social network.

He said he did not regard himself as Russian Breivik, as Russian mass media outlets had earlier called him. "I'm not his follower, we have different motivation," Vinogradov said.

Also, he refused to explain what had prompted him to commit the crime, remarking that "perhaps, one's love could be that strong." Under one of the leads, the crime was committed because of unrequited love of a girl who worked in the same company.

Vinogradov said he regretted what he had done.

According to the results of the psychiatrist test at the Moscow Serbsky Institute for Social and Forensic Psychiatry, Vinogradov was suffering from a mental disorder as of the moment of crime. "It limited his capability to understand his actions and their public danger, and control these factions," Serbsky Institute experts said.

Vinogradov, diagnosed with dysthymia, was treated in the mental hospital at a remand prison.

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