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“Free Pussy Riot” message at Russian murder scene designed to throw police trail, man confesses

Russian Murder Scene

So turns out this bizarre footnote to the Pussy Riot saga was just that:

MOSCOW — Investigators say police have detained a man who has confessed to killing two women in a central Russian city, and then tried to mislead investigations by scrawling a message at the murder scene demanding freedom for jailed members of the Pussy Riot band.

The man — a 38-year-old university professor named Igor Danilevsky — was detained Thursday in Kazan, Russia’s Investigative Committee said on Friday. It said Danilevsky wrote “Free Pussy Riot” on a wall in the victims’ blood because he wanted the deaths of the 38-year-old woman he dated and her mother, 76, to appear as if they were a “ritual killing.”

The Committee said Danilevsky had convinced the woman to take out a loan to repay his debts, and promised to marry her. Police had found the knife used to stab the women to death and disfigure their faces and bodies, it said. – [NYDN]

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