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MOSCOW, December 30. /ITAR-TASS/. The Golovinsky court in Moscow sentenced Alexei Kabanov to 14 years in a high-security prison for the brutal murder and disposal of the body of his journalist wife Irina. The judge awarded the victim's mother 1.5 million rubles, about $46,000, in compensation for moral damage.
Journalists packed the courtroom as the hour-long verdict was read against the co-founder of Moscow nightclub Project OGI and active member of the anti-government protest movement.
Forensic expertise had established that Kabanov had a mental disorder displaying excessive egocentricity and overstated self-estimation but which faculties still allowed him to realize the nature of his acts.
Kabanov’s lawyer said he would appeal, insisting that "Kabanov had not realized his acts and had acted in a state of affect.”
Detectives found that overnight to January 3, 2013, Kabanov had quarreled with his wife while drinking alcohol, stifling her and raining blows to her body causing acute blood loss. He dissected the body in the bathroom, the court heard, dropping parts in a recycling container and the boot of his car.
Attempting to conceal traces of the crime, Kabanov asked police to place his wife on the missing list, posting details of her disappearance on social networks and seeking help to trace her.
At the interrogations Alexei Kabanov “explained to the detectives that on January 2–3 all the family was staying at home, he really had a quarrel with his wife in the nighttime and during the family conflict, particularly caused by the shortage of money in the family, at first he began suffocating his wife with the cable, then he was stifling her with hands, after that he stabbed her and put her body in the bath to stop her sufferings, according to him,” spokesman for the Moscow investigation department of the Russian Investigation Committee Sergei Stukalov told Itar-Tass.
The man dissected the body of his wife and put it in the bags on the balcony, but all next day he was playing with children and showed the cartoons to them, so that they will not enter the bathroom. Only on January 6–7 he took away a bag with the dissected body of his wife and threw it in the recycle container in the neighboring courtyard.
On January 10, Kabanov met with his female acquaintance, who came to support him, because she was sure that his wife went missing. Kabanov took a car from the woman and not explaining anything to the car owner was planning to take away all remaining parts of the body by car, but he failed to do it.