×
Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Siberian Man Kills Wife After Mistaking Her for a Witch

A man in western Siberia killed his wife because he judged her to be a witch.

A man in western Siberia has been taken into police custody after slashing his wife's throat because he judged her to be a witch, investigators said Thursday.

The heavily drunk 34-year-old suspect was detained in his Omsk apartment, where the woman's body and their bawling four-year-old daughter were also found by police, the regional branch of the Investigative Committee said on its website.

The man said he had slain the 30-year-old "witch" because she was flying around the place, a committee spokeswoman told local news website Sib.fm.

He had apparently drunk himself into delirium during the recent four-day holiday marking the National Unity Day, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported.

The suspect, whose name has been withheld, is in detention and pending a mental check, which could spare him murder charges, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Their daughter, who witnessed the stabbing, was hospitalized for psychological treatment, Rossiiskaya Gazeta said.

The attack is the second stabbing to take place in Omsk around the National Unity Day holidays: In 2013, another local man stabbed his girlfriend to death because she was distracting him from watching television.

About 45 percent of Russians believe in supernatural forces, according to a 2013 nationwide poll by the state-run Public Opinion Foundation, which had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more