Pensioner who attacked Stavropol journalists sent to mental hospital

Pensioner who attacked Stavropol journalists sent to mental hospital

The suspect wanted to kill the newspaper’s editor-in-chief for refusing to publish a material about Stalin.

At the request of the investigation, the court in Stavropol placed a 72-year-old pensioner who tried to kill the chief editor of the Rodina newspaper in a mental hospital. The latter refused to publish the materials he received from the perpetrator. The ICR explained such decision by the need to conduct inpatient comprehensive psychological and psychiatric forensic examination.

Earlier, the CrimeRussia wrote that the suspect’s name was Konstantin Sidnev. He offered the newspaper to print his copyrighted materials about communism, Stalin and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, but was refused. On May 27, the Stavropol resident came to the newspaper’s office with a knife and stabbed the chief editor. The journalists stood up for the colleague, as a result of which Sidnev injured three more people. The doctors prescribed them outpatient treatment, and the editor-in-chief was hospitalized.

The ICR’s Investigative Directorate initiated a criminal case against the pensioner on the attempted murder of several people (para. 3 of Article 30, para. 2 of Article 105 CCRF). The suspect explained his action by the desire to “attract attention to himself and cause a public outcry.”

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