Russia and Turkey hit Islamic State targets near al-Bab in Aleppo provinceWorld January 23, 20:06
Russia’s 4th Yasen-class submarine completes hydraulic testsMilitary & Defense January 23, 18:56
Arctic airport in search for investorsBusiness & Economy January 23, 18:50
Rosneft begins Arctic shelf’s seismological exploration from 2017Business & Economy January 23, 18:38
Tesla takes the lead in sales of electric cars in Russia in 2016Business & Economy January 23, 18:18
Politician says European-style reforms to degrade Ukraine’s economyWorld January 23, 18:16
Russia has potential to further upgrade MiG-31 fighter jetsMilitary & Defense January 23, 18:10
Russian cinema sets box office record chalking up nearly $145 mln in 2016Society & Culture January 23, 17:37
German foreign minister says long-term solution to Syrian crisis to be discussed in GenevaWorld January 23, 17:34
YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The man who opened fire at parishioners in a church on the island of Sakhalin in Russia's far east, has denied his guilt, an investigator said.
At around 14:00, local time, on Sunday, Stepan Komarov, 25, a local resident employed by a local security firm, ran into the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ and opened indiscriminate fire. A nun and a parishioner were killed on the spot, and another six people were injured. The attacker was detained at the scene.
"When asked if he felt guilty, Komarov gave a negative answer. He also underlined that his action was based on "personal and firm convictions," investigator for special cases Anatoly O told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk town court sanctioned custody of Komarov. "He has neither children nor family, so there are no extra reasons to leave him at large," the prosecutor said.
According to the regional department of the Investigative Committee, Komarov said during the questioning that he had not offered resistance only because he had run out of ammunition. "He only admits that he's a suspect," the investigator said.
Yuri Khvashchevich, a court-appointed lawyer, said his client would undergo a sanity test.
"Komarov has asked for a single cell. This issue has not been settled yet," the lawyer said. "Until Tuesday, he has been kept in the pre-trial detention center under the regional police department."
He will be transferred to the remand ward of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk where he will stay for the period of investigation until April 9, 2014.