Date
23/02/2010  
First
Ivan  
Surname
STEPANOV  
Sex/Age
M  
Incident
homicide  
Motive
nJ  
Place
dacha  
Job
journalist  
Medium
press  
Federal District Plus
SIBERIA  
Street, Town, Region
Khilok, Transbaikal Region  
Freelance
 
Local/National
local, "Zabaikalsky rabochy" newspaper  
Other Ties
writer  
Cause of Death
stabbed to death  
Legal Qualification
Article 105 ("Murder") of the RF Criminal Code  
Impunity
trial, conviction, 4 October 2011  
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VERDICT IN STEPANOV KILLING (4 October 2011)

Two unemployed residents of Khilok, 30-year-old Nikolai Khramov and 43-year-old Larisa Shitikova, have been found guilty of robbing and murdering retired journalist Ivan Stepanov. They broke into his home, repeatedly stabbed the journalist, stole 1,000 roubles and, after making sure Stepanov was dead, set fire to the property. Khramov was sentenced to 18 years in a strict regime penal colony and Shitikova, to 16 years imprisonment.

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MURDER AND ARSON (February 2010)

The journalist and writer Ivan Stepanov was murdered in the Transbaikal Region of Siberia at the family’s “dacha” on 23 February 2010, a national holiday. Answering a knock at the door, apparently, he was attacked, stabbed repeatedly and died from the wounds.

At 2 am neighbours noted that the house seemed to be on fire. The fire brigade and the police were called and Stepanov’s charred body was found in the kitchen. The police were slow to investigate, however, and only opened a criminal case on 2 March after his anguished daughter had rung up the Regional prosecutor’s office in Chita. That day Zoya Nekrasova, director of the press service for the Region’s Investigative Committee, told the media that the suspects had been apprehended and were being charged under Article 105.1 (Murder) of the Criminal Code.

It is not known what Stepanov’s attackers hoped to find at the wooden house where the family usually spends the summer months. It is located on the outskirts of the small town of Khilok where they have an all-year apartment. The journalist had gone to check on the dacha, light the stove there, and decided to stay the night. His wife remained in the town flat with their grand-daughter.

Ivan Stepanov was well-known in the Khilok district and the Transbaikal Region, having been the local correspondent of the Zabaikalsky rabochy newspaper since the Soviet period. His third and latest book was about to go to press.

GDF digest No 468 (9 March 2010). Summary