2020-02-18 19:27:00

Court arrests Moscow church attacker

Moscow, February 18, Interfax - A man who injured two parishioners at a church in Moscow has been remanded in custody, an Interfax correspondent reported from the Tagansky District Court on Tuesday.

"The court hereby rules that [Yefim] Yefimov should be detained until April 16, 2020," the judge ruled.

Yefimov made no objection.

Investigators found that the man's crime was deliberately planned. He has been charged with hooliganism and assault.

Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk told Interfax that a criminal case had been opened against a man born in 1993 on counts of hooliganism and assault after he attacked churchgoers on Bakuninskaya Street.

On February 16, the assailant broke into the altar area of the St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and stabbed two men with a knife. Other churchgoers prevented the assailant from escaping.

A police patrol detained the suspect on site and identified him as a 26-year-old Lipetsk resident, who had no earlier criminal record. A knife, gloves, and a bag containing a plant-based substance were seized from him. The substance was identified as marijuana.

The detained man told the police he had not planned his crime in advance or specifically chosen the place for it.

"I got up on the wrong side of the bed. I woke up, and I was feeling [...] not very joyful. I didn't choose the church; I walked into one that was nearby," the man said.