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Vinogradov Faces Terrorism Charges

The Prosecutor General's Office on Thursday announced in a statement on its website that Dmitry Vinogradov, who murdered six people and wounded one in an office shooting in Moscow's Medvedkovo district on Nov. 7, could face terrorism charges.

The new charge stems from the manifesto that Vinogradov posted on his Vkontakte page just before going on a shooting spree at the office of the Rigla pharmacy chain where he worked as a legal adviser, RBC reported Thursday. The manifesto called humanity "genetic trash" and declared a goal of "destroying as many parts of the human compost heap as possible."

As part of the prosecutor's investigation into the shooting, psychologists and linguists determined that the contents of Vinogradov's manifesto appealed to and sought to justify acts of mass destruction against humanity. The materials will now be sent to the Investigative Committee's main investigative department for a decision to be made on whether or not to file terrorism charges, which carry a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

In addition to the possible terrorism charges, Vinogradov already faces up to life in prison on murder charges.

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