Police say ‘Volga Maniac,’ who killed 26 women, captured in Russia

Dec. 1 (UPI) — Russian authorities said they arrested a 38-year-old man on Tuesday who’s suspected in the deaths of more than two dozen elderly women several years ago.

Moscow’s interior ministry said suspect Radik Tagirov, a locksmith, has confessed to the deaths.

Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for the ministry’s investigative committee, said genetic material tied Tagirov to the killings, according to the state-run Tass news agency.

Officials say he killed at least 26 elderly women in 2011 and 2012.

Nine of the women were killed in the city of Kazan and other bodies were found in Samara, Saratov, Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Izhevsk and Ufa, officials said.

Nicknamed the “Volga Maniac,” authorities say the killer in those cases talked his way into the women’s homes — often portraying himself as a utility worker, electrician or plumber.

The killer strangled the women with his hands or various objects, like an apron or clothesline. Investigators say he often wore gloves and would sterilize crime scenes, which caused trouble initially in developing potential suspects.

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Man suspected of murdering dozens of elderly women detained in Russia

Russian authorities have detained a man suspected of killing dozens of elderly women in several regions across Central Russia nearly a decade ago.

Russian authorities have detained a man suspected of killing dozens of elderly women in several regions across Central Russia nearly a decade ago.

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Russian authorities have detained a man suspected of killing dozens of elderly women in several regions across Central Russia nearly a decade ago.

Dubbed by some media outlets as the “Povolzhsky strangler” or the “Volga maniac,” the perpetrator has been linked to murders of dozens of women. Most of the women were strangled to death in 2011-2012 and their apartments were subsequently robbed, Russian authorities and state media previously reported.

Russia’s Investigative Committee linked the suspect to 26 murders and identified him as a 38-year-old mechanic from Kazan, who previously served time for theft, according to a statement published Tuesday.

The perpetrator posed as a social services representative or maintenance worker to gain the trust of his victims, retired women aged between 75 and 90 who lived alone, according to the Russian Interior Ministry, RIA Novosti reported.

The suspect confessed following his detention and said he attacked his first victim because he was hungry and “lived on the street,” according to a video published by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday.

“[I’ve picked the victims] accidentally, I watched them near the markets, near the shops, [they would come out] with bags and I’d walk them home,” the suspect said in the video.

“Sometimes they invited me in, sometimes I talked them into it… then I strangled them from the back and held until they fall asleep.”

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Connecting Style & Health – Amazfit Launches Contest for Fans in the US, UK, France, Germany & Russia to Win Its Market Leading Wearables

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amazfit, one of the leading players in the smart watch market, today launched an international marketing campaign themed “Amaze Your Wrist”. Amazfit is encouraging fans to share a stylish photograph on Instagram to show the world why they should win its latest wearables[1].*

The Amaze Your Wrist Grand Prize winner will receive FOUR Amazfit wearables – a GTR 2, a GTS 2, a Bip U, and a Band 5. Runner-up will win a GTR 2 or a GTS 2 and second runner-up will receive a Bip U or Band 5.

The campaign is part of Amazfit’s strategy of creating dynamic, fashionable watches for youthful, active lifestyles. Packed with the latest technology including online and offline voice control, plus comprehensive health features, Amazfit wearables are designed to make life easier, more efficient and more fun.

The Amaze Your Wrist Contest is open to Amazfit fans living in the United States (excluding Rhode Island), United Kingdom, France, Germany and Russia. The contest runs 30 November through 14 December 2020, giving winners the chance to post pictures and win the latest Amazfit wearable in time for the upcoming holiday season.

  • The Amazfit GTR 2 and Amazfit GTS 2 are classic and fashionable smartwatches suitable for active lifestyles, with a comprehensive range of health features and Alexa Built-in[2].
  • The Amazfit Band 5 takes the “band” category of wearables to a new level, with its science-based personal health management system.
  • The Amazfit Bip U Series is a fun lightweight smartwatch packed with technology that gives users the must-have details about your health metrics

All #amazeyourwrist entries will be judged on the creativity, originality and uniqueness of the Instagram photo.
It’s Your Time to Be Amazing. Get Ready to Amaze Your Wrist.

Start shooting now and find the best look that shows the world why users should Amaze Your Wrist.

For more information about the contest, please visit https://www.instagram.com/amazfit.global/  

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