Crime Watch

Man Killed By Grenade Detonated in Pocket

Oct 11, 2006
The Moscow Times

A Moscow man was killed last week in a drunken scuffle when a grenade exploded in his pocket.

Yury Petrushkov, 36, was drinking with another man in a courtyard on Ulitsa Belorechenskaya in southeast Moscow when the two began quarreling at around 9:30 Thursday evening, said Svetlana Petrenko, spokeswoman for the city prosecutor's office.

During the fight, Petrushkov's drinking partner slipped a live grenade into his pocket. The grenade exploded, killing Petrushkov and injuring the other man, Petrenko said.

The blast also injured a third man and damaged four cars, she said.

Petrenko said a suspect had been arrested and charged with murder in the case. She identified the suspect only as a 50-year-old male resident of Ulitsa Belorechenskaya, which is located near the industrial Kapotnya district.

Moskovsky Komsomolets identified the suspsect as Andrei Pchelintsev, a special forces veteran.

Petrenko declined to confirm this information.

If convicted, the man could face life in prison, although the courts often hand down reduced sentences to criminals who acted in a state of inebriation.

Moskovsky Komsomolets, citing unidentified law enforcement sources, reported Saturday that the fight broke out after the two men had consumed three bottles of vodka and Pchelintsev told Petrushkov to go buy a fourth.

When Petrushkov refused, Pchelintsev attacked him, screaming, "I'll teach you to love the motherland!"

The newspaper said Pchelintsev told police the grenade was left over from his days in the military, and that he had been carrying it around for self-defense.

Drunken bytovukhi, the police term for killings that stem from arguments, are common in Moscow, though grenades are rarely involved.

Explosives also played a role in the arrest of a Turkish businessman outside Moscow on Saturday.

Police said they found a bomb, which consisted of two 400-gram TNT blocks connected to a car alarm and batteries, in the man's Volkswagen during a search at a checkpoint.

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