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Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Homeless - "He killed mainly not on sexual motives, but on personal dislike"
Number of victims: 9
Date of murders: 1992 / 2005 - 2010
Date of arrest: October 2010
Date of birth: June 2, 1962
Victims profile: Women
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife - Strangulation
Location: Russia (from Vladimir Region to Yekaterinburg)
Status: Sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1992. Released in 2005. Sentenced to life in prison on November 10, 2012
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Sergei Martynov (also spelled as Sergey Martynov, born in 1962) is a suspected Russian serial killer who is accused of killing eight women between 2005 and 2010, and was earlier convicted of killing another women in 1992. He is currently awaiting trial after being arrested in 2010.

1992 murder

Martynov was arrested in 1992 on suspicion of raping and murdering an unidentified woman. He was convicted and served nearly 14 years in prison before he was released in 2005.

Crime spree (2005-2010)

Shortly after his release from prison, Martynov allegedly attacked a young girl in Kemerovo and was placed on a wanted list by police. He went on to commit violent crimes throughout at least 10 regions of Russia until 2010, according to prosecutors, killing eight women and attacking others. Among the other victims were two minor girls, one of which was the victim of violent sexual abuse and the other who sustained serious injuries.

Prosecutors said Martynov acted "daringly and cynically", leaving letters at crime scenes and making no effort to conceal evidence.

On 23 May 2012, Russian prosecutors for the first time publicly disclosed details about the case. He has been charged with intentional infliction of a grave injury, hooliganism, murder of two or more persons, and violent sexual actions. He is now awaiting trial in Moscow.


Serial killer jailed for life

November 12, 2012

Voronezh Region court has sentenced a homeless serial killer Sergey Martynov to life in prison. The court agreed with the prosecution, who proved that the criminal using a knife, scalpel and other objects at hand slaughtered eight people in ten regions of Russia: from Vladimir Region to Yekaterinburg.

Homeless and twice former convict Martynov murdered, as the Investigative Committee found out, out of personal dislike and wishing, as he claims, to spare the world of useless people. The law enforcement bodies do not tend to call him a maniac because he, as experts concluded, was perfectly aware of his actions.

Sergey Martynov, 50, was tried in Voronezh, as in September 2010, he committed his last murder, strangling a homeless woman with his belt, not far from this city. The regional court found the killer guilty of eight deaths, infliction grave injuries and “sexual violence” against an 8-year girl and sentenced him to life-long imprisonment. “Martynov’s crimes, - says official spokesman to the Russia’s Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin, - were notable for their special cynicism, he committed outrages upon many of the bodies”.

Judging by the materials of criminal investigation, Sergey Martynov committed his first crime in 2005 in Kemerovo attacking a 17-year-old girl. He slashed the girl’s face with a razor blade. The victim stayed alive, but the scar remained. The attack took place in a short time after Martynov had been released from prison where he had served out 12 years for a murder of a minor aggravated by rape committed in 1992 in Abakan. He had been sentenced to 15 years, but had been granted a parole. It is remarkable that Sergey Martynov was detained after attacking a girl on a hot scent, his guilt was practically proved. But the court let him free under a written undertaking not to leave the place and he disappeared.

The court recognized that Sergey Martynov committed eight murders in ten regions of the Russian Federation: from Vladimir Region to Yekaterinburg. The scheme of the crimes was roughly the same. The criminal got acquainted with a heavily drinking and in many cases homeless woman. During a joint drunken feast his companion somehow irritated him (for example by becoming rude or obtrusive) and Martynov attacked her with a knife. In some cases he cut out internals or pieces of skin.

The killer became infamous in 2010 after he had killed a 70-year-old woman named Tamara Sadikova in Ufa. Except usual evidence like fingerprints, cigarette butts and many other traces, he left two letters: “for cops”, where he said that he was not afraid of them and for the victim’s son where he called him “a nice man” and gave him to know that he had saved him from a burden represented by his heavily drinking mother. Furthermore, the killer abused an-8-year-old girl, whose father had hired Martynov to repair a roof in the Nizhny Novgorod Region.

According to investigators Sergey Martynov moved around Russia by hitchhiking, easily found fellow travelers and work thanks to his frail build and the fact that he was a quiet, polite person with skills of an electrician and a shiftmen. The criminal was detained in 2010, in an unfinished hotel near café Dzhambul located near one of large highways in the Voronezh Region. He was working there as an electrician.

They say in regional prosecutor’s office that they don’t tend to think the convict a maniac. The thing is the forensic expert examination confirmed his complete sanity noting Sergey Martynov’s thirst for dominating over others combined with general irritability. “He killed mainly not on sexual motives, but on personal dislike. That means that the circumstances of the crimes were in many ways domestic”, - they said in prosecutor’s office.


Serial Killer Faces a New Trial in Moscow

RIA Novosti

May 23, 2012

A Russian man is about to go on trial accused of killing at least eight women in a series of murders and rapes in at least ten regions of the country, investigators said on Wednesday.

Sergei Martynov committed the crimes between 2005 and 2010, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

“Martynov’s victims were mostly women and two young girls, in respect of one of them Martynov committed a sexual assault and he caused serious harm to another,” Markin said.

Martynov had already served 14 years for a murder involving rape in 1992. After being released, he began to kill again.

In addition to murder and sexual assault charges, Martynov is also accused of other crimes including grievous harm and disorderly conduct. He faces potential life imprisonment.


Russian serial killer accused of murdering 8 women

May 23, 2012

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) -- A man who was arrested in Russia in 2010 is believed to have murdered at least eight women throughout the country over a span of five years, prosecutors said on Wednesday. He faces life imprisonment if convicted.

The suspect, identified only as Sergey Martynov, is believed to have begun a series of violent crimes in 2005 and moved through more than 10 regions of Russia before he was finally caught by authorities in 2010. He has been charged with intentional infliction of a grave injury, hooliganism, murder of two or more persons, and violent sexual actions.

"The investigators have established circumstances of 8 murders committed by Martynov," said Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee. "[The] absolute majority of Martynov's victims were women, as well as two minor girls, against one of which Martynov had committed violent sexual actions and inflicted grave injuries to another."

Martynov was previously convicted of raping and murdering a woman in 1992 and served nearly 14 years in prison before he was released in 2005. He was placed on a wanted list shortly after his release for attacking a young girl in Kemerovo, a city in Kemerovo Oblast, but was able to evade police for years.

"Acting daringly and cynically, he didn't try to conceal evidence and even left letters at crime scenes, [and he] expertly hid from law enforcement officials until [he] was caught in 2010," said Markin. "The investigators have collected enough evidence and the case is forwarded for the bill of particulars to be approved and then will be sent in the court to be considered on merits."

Russian investigators had not publicly disclosed the serial killings before Wednesday.


Serial killer taunts police

August 31, 2010

Cops in Russia’s Bashkortostan are on the look-out for a serial murderer – who is taunting them with insulting messages left at his crime scenes.

Following a recent slaying in Ufa, suspect Sergei Martynov, 48, left three notes for the cops.

One of them read: “You’re rubbish. You’ll never find me anyway!” The others have not been published.

Martynov is a former convict who can be distinguished by his tattoos and missing fingers, Newsru reported.



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