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Suspected killer of 6 pharmacy employees pleads guilty

August 14, 2013, 14:24 UTC+3
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

Photo ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

MOSCOW, August 14 (Itar-Tass) - The suspected killer of six Moscow pharmacy employees pleaded guilty at Moscow City Court hearing on Wednesday.

Dmitry Vinogradov, 30 went on a shooting rampage 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.

The investigator said the crime was motivated by hate toward a number of unidentified person and the needs for self-assertion.

The suspect later confessed to the murder and apologized to the victims' relatives.

Prior to the murder, Vinogradov had placed a text on his page in the VKontakte social network, which linguists said contained calls for extremism.

According to the results of the psychiatrist test at the Moscow Serbsky Institute for Social and Forensic Psychiatry conducted in February, 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 actions, yet this fact does not exclude his sanity," Serbsky Institute experts said.

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