Support The Moscow Times!

Masked Assailants Kill Rostov Judge

The Myasnikovsky District Court, where Manukyan worked as chief judge since 1998.

Masked gunmen broke into the home of the chief judge at a Rostov district court, shooting him several times before making their getaway.

The judge, identified on the Myasnikovsky District Court's website as 49-year-old Samvel Manukyan, was shot at least five times in the early hours of Friday morning and later died in a local hospital, police said in a statement.

After causing the judge two serious wounds, the attackers fled the scene in a Nissan Teana, which was parked nearby, police added.

Neither Manukyan's wife nor his 12-year-old son, who were both in the house at the time, suffered injuries.

Investigators have opened criminal cases on charges of murder, robbery and illegal weapons' possession.

Manukyan had headed the Myasnikovsky District Court since 1998, according to legal news agency Pravo.ru.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.