- Federal District Plus
- Street, Town, Region
- Khilok, Transbaikal Region
- local, "Zabaikalsky rabochy"
- Other Ties
- Cause of Death
- stabbed to death
- Legal Qualification
- 105.1 (murder)
- investigation, suspect detained
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