The below video depicting a woman’s cruel murder was leaked to internet in 2011.
Russian netizens quickly identified that the murderer spoke the Chechen language, leading to an outburst of anti-Caucasus sentiments. Some time later, however, the video was denounced as a fake and most people forgot about it.
But two weeks ago (December 24, 2012) a short announcement on the official site of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation confirmed that it was the footage of a real murder.
Initial reactions on Internet: “The video is fake.”
At first the video was met with skepticism. Here is the translation from one such report “proving” that the footage was fake.
An expert stated that the video of the brutal murder circulating in Internet was fake. He assumed that this xenophobic falsification was directed with the purpose of inciting hatred towards non-Russians. In the video a man of Caucasian [ed: belonging to the people of Caucasus] appearance cuts throat of a woman lying on the ground.
According to a lawyer and retired police colonel Yevgeny Chernousov, the homegrown producers of the video clip can be held criminally liable.
“Definitely, this is a falsification, – says Yevgeny Chernousov. – Based on my 30 years of experience in police, I know the consequences of such a brutal murder. In this case one can’t see a blood fountain or any blood sprayed on the offender. This is fake.“
Press release of the Investigative Committee: “It was a real murder.”
Two weeks ago some unexpected news about the criminal case, linked to the video, was published on the official site of the Investigative Committee in the Chechen Republic.
Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in the Chechen Republic has completed the investigation of the criminal case against the 26-year-old Salavdi Adamov (accused in the murder of 2 people) and 22-year-old Beshto Abalaev (aiding and abetting).
In July 2011 Adamov killed a 22-years-old girl. He forced her to get into his car and brought her to a deserted area in the forest. There Adamov strangled the woman, doused her body with gasoline and set her on fire.
In August 8 2011 he met another girl (not identified by detectives) who voluntarily sat in his car. Adamov then forcibly put her into the luggage compartment of the car. The same evening Adamov asked his friend Abalaev to accompany him to hang out at the outskirts of the village Dzhugurty – the latter agreed unaware of the fact that there was someone in the luggage compartment.
When the men arrived, Adamov pulled out the girl, who threatened to file complaint in police. Adamov decided to kill her and offered Alabaev to watch and record the process on camera phone.
He strangled the victim, and when she lost consciousness cut her neck with knife. The girl died from acute blood loss. After the murder he burned the body.
Investigators have gathered sufficient evidence and passed the criminal case to the courts.
Comments of Russian netizens
avd_43: And why can’t these animals live calmly, without violence? Maybe someone should buy soccer balls for them…И что этим животным не живется спокойно, без насилия? Может футбольные мячики им купить…
[Note: the last comment is related to the recent news about Gerard Depardieu receiving the Russian citizenship]
anykeev: If cops would check the content of mobile phones of these churkas – we might have the whole video portal of such videos.
beastooolya: One year later he will be released. Since the death was accidental. Adamov did not know that cutting someone’s throat with knife can cause death. In fact, the girl died from the interaction of her neck with the knife.Отпустят через год. Так как смерть наступила по неосторожности. Адамов же не знал, что если провести по горлу человека ножом, то он умрет. Фактически девушка погибла от взаимодействия ее шеи с ножом.
[Note: the last comment is very characteristic to online discussions of crimes committed by the representatives of ethnic minorities from the Caucasus. Russian netizens believe that Caucasian criminals get the preferential treatment from authorities, receiving very soft punishments or even acquitted when there is strong evidence proving the opposite]