Shortly before noon on October 17, an eighteen-year-old student at Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea detonated a homemade bomb in the school’s lunchroom. Vladislav Roslyakov then roamed the building, shooting everyone he could from a legally purchased hunting rifle. Roslyakov murdered five teachers and 15 students — a list of the victims’ names was made public on October 18 — before turning the gun on himself. Meduza special correspondent Irina Kravtsova traveled to Kerch, to find out how this small Crimean city is weathering the aftermath of the massacre.
On October 17, a student at the Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea killed at least 20 classmates and teachers with a firearm and a homemade bomb, and injured almost two dozen more people. The gunman, 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, then shot and killed himself.
Someone wants to scare the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. On October 18, a basket appeared outside the paper’s newsroom. Inside was a severed goat’s head and a note reading, “To Novaya Gazeta’s chief editor. Greetings to you and Korotkov!” A day earlier, a funeral wreath was delivered to the office, attached to a note that said, “Denis Korotkov is a traitor to the Motherland.”
Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has refused to issue an apology to inmates at prisons and pretrial detention facilities in Orenburg, where prisoners have endured serious abuse by guards. In a letter to FSIN deputy director Valery Maximenko, Timur Rakhmatulin (who heads the Orenburg branch of the “Committee Against Torture”) asked for a formal apology to the abused inmates, after Maximenko personally apologized to Evgeny Makarov, an inmate tortured at a Yaroslavl prison.
On October 18, Vladimir Putin took part in the annual Valdai Discussion Club. At one point during his remarks, the Russian president tried to explain why Moscow’s military doctrine on nuclear weapons doesn’t support preventive strikes. Putin’s comments provoked laughter in the audience.
Anti-corruption activist and opposition politician Alexey Navalny has accepted the “duel challenge” from National Guard director Viktor Zolotov, but the latter’s spokesman is not happy. “I think it’s blasphemy. It’s self-promotion on people’s bones. It’s really beyond the pale,” Valery Gribakin, one of Zolotov’s advisers, told the radio station Govorit Moskva, adding that Zolotov hasn’t seen “Navalny’s latest opus” and doesn’t plan to watch it.
Around noon on October 17, eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov opened fire on his classmates and instructors at Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea. He shot and killed 18 people and then turned his gun on himself. As federal investigators try to make sense of the tragedy, there are still many unanswered questions about this school massacre. Meduza reviews the biggest questions still unanswered on day one.
The armed individual filmed by surveillance cameras at Kerch Polytechnic College during Wednesday’s mass murder is named Vladislav Roslyakov. He is apparently the one who killed at least 19 students and instructors, injuring dozens more.
At least 19 people were killed and nearly 40 were injured in gunfire and a series of explosions at the Kerch Polytechnic College in eastern Crimea on October 17, leading the city to declare a state of emergency and the peninsula to announce a three-day mourning period. Meduza collects some of the first eyewitness reports published in the Russian news media.
Since 2005, Russians have donated roughly $200 million to monasteries at Mount Athos, a source close to the Patriarchate leadership told the BBC’s Russian-language service. An “Orthodox entrepreneur” and source in Russia’s State Duma reportedly confirmed the claim.