Investigative Committee opens criminal case over double homicide in Bulgaria

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over the killing in Bulgaria of a five-year-old boy from Russia, Investigative Committee official Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over the killing in Bulgaria of a five-year-old boy from Russia, Investigative Committee official Vladimir Markin told Interfax.

"The Main Investigations Department of the Russian Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case based on evidence of a crime enshrined by Part 2 of Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code (murder of two or more people) concerning the killing in Bulgaria of two citizens of Russia," Markin said.

Markin said that "a suitcase containing the body of Nikita Leontyev, 5, a citizen of Russia, with numerous stab wounds was found in Bulgaria on the bank of the Pasarel Reservoir in the area of the city of Primorsko on March 23, 2015. A dismembered body of a woman had been found in Primorsko on March 2."

"The woman is believed to be Anna Leontyeva, 35, a Russian citizen and the mother of the murdered child. Anna and her son lived in the Perm Territory and left Russia for Bulgaria several months ago," Markin said.

Markin said this criminal case has been opened because, under the Russian Crimean Code, foreign citizens and stateless people who do not live in Russia permanently and who have committed a crime outside of Russia are subject to criminal liability in situations when the crime was targeted against Russian citizens.

Investigative and operational search actions are now being conducted to determine all circumstances of the crime.

"Requests for legal assistance will be filed with the relevant Bulgarian authorities over the course of the investigation," Markin said.

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