A man accused of killing Yegor Shcherbakov in the Biryulyovo district in southern Moscow was previously declared internationally wanted by the Azeri authorities on murder charges, Moscow police chief Anatoly Yakunin said.
"We contacted our colleagues in Azerbaijan, and they confirmed that they had placed this citizen on the most wanted list for murder," Yakunin said at a Moscow government session on Tuesday.
Police are currently looking for native of Azerbaijan Orkhan Zeinalov, who is suspected of killing Shcherbakov.
The 25-year-old local resident died on October 10 in the Biryulyovo district in southern Moscow. Investigators say that the young man and his girlfriend were returning home when an unfamiliar man approached them at the entrance of their house and stabbed Shcherbakov after a verbal exchange. The young man died instantly and the suspect fled the scene.
Based on recordings of security cameras some media reported that the murderer may have come from Central Asia or the Caucasus.
Some 40 people gathered outside of the Biryulyovo police precinct on October 12 demanding the identification and detention of Shcherbakov's murderer. They also called for tightening migration laws and closing the nearby vegetable warehouse where they thought the murderer was hiding. After deputy police chief of the Moscow Southern Administrative District addressed them, they dispersed.
A so-called popular assembly was organized in the area on Sunday afternoon demanding that the murderer be found. The assembly escalated into a riot and clashes with the police ensued. Several hundred people were detained and several police officers were injured.
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