The 2012 Moscow shooting was an incident on
7 November 2012 in which six people were killed and one person injured
by a gunman at a warehouse in northeast Moscow, Russia.
Five people were killed in a shooting spree in
northeast Moscow in Russia. Hours before the shooting, Dmitry
Vinogradov posted his hatred towards mankind on one of Russia's top
social networks, Vkontakte.
The gunman entered the warehouse on Chermanskaya
Street at about 10 AM on Wednesday November 7, 2012, dressed in
camouflage gear and armed with two semi-automatic shotguns, a Saiga
and a Benelli. He shot dead three men and two women and injured two
others, a male and female, at their desks before giving himself up to
security guards. One of the injured died during the night in intensive
care, suffering from severe wounds. Vinogradov's girlfriend was said
to be safe.
Police arrested Dmitry Vinogradov, 30, a lawyer at
the Rigla pharmaceutical company that owned the warehouse. He was
reported to have went on a five day drinking binge after being jilted
by a co-worker.
On 8 November, Vinogradav apologized in court and
pleaded that he had "no other choice". He also said that he had wanted
to kill himself after the massacre, but was prevented from doing so.
An investigator said that Vinogradov had been planning the spree since
January. Vinogradov believed killing as many things related to humans
was the only way to make the world better. Vinogradov was captured on
security cameras moments before the shooting began.
‘Russian Breivik’ releases hate
manifesto, kills 6 over relationship breakup
November 7, 2012
A Moscow lawyer shot five
of his coworkers in the head Wednesday, killing them in a murder spree
that targeted those he deemed responsible for the recent end of a
romantic relationship. The sixth victim died in hospital the following
Before the killings, the
murderer published a hate manifesto online.
Dmitry Vinogradov, 30,
was arrested Wednesday on charges of killing five of his colleagues
and critically injuring two more at the Rigla pharmaceutical warehouse
in northeast Moscow, where he worked as a lawyer.
One of those in critical condition died in the hospital on Thursday.
Police said that
Vinogradov had been drinking excessively for the past five days.
During a police interrogation, Vinogradov said that he had targeted
those he saw as responsible for his breakup with a female coworker.
“I was going out with one girl for a long time, but
in January of this year we broke up,” Life News quoted Vinogradov
as telling police. “I tried to restore relations,
The end of the relationship apparently prompted Vinogradov’s drinking
binge, and his murderous outburst.
He entered the Rigla
warehouse wearing camouflage and, armed with a rifle in each hand,
opened fire on his colleagues who were sitting at their desks.
“In March, I bought a rifle along with 200 rounds of
ammunition and camouflage,” he said. Vinogradov reportedly wanted
to kill the coworkers he believed had told Anna to end the
relationship with him, and he wanted his ex-girlfriend to see the
“I went to the office where Anna worked, said,
and began shooting right in front of her eyes,” Dmitry reportedly
told police. “I wanted them to see that I'm cool,
and then I wanted to kill myself.
Vinogradov’s ammunition ran out and he was subdued by survivors in the
room and then by security guards.
Vinogradov was a
familiar face to the security officers, who allowed him to sneak the
rifles in undetected. Both guns were registered under his name.
Closed circuit videos
show that Vinogradov brought the ammunition and the vest for them in
his backpack. It has been reported that he then spent almost half an
hour changing clothes in a bathroom and preparing for the shooting.
“All his moves were recorded by CCTVs. He came to
work at 8:19 am, came into the bathroom and, after he changed his
clothes, went to reprisal at 9:49 am,”
Life News quoted the
head of regional investigative committee, Sergey Galashko, as saying.
It took the killer 18
seconds, according to video records, to kill five people – four in the
office room and one on his way in the corridor, Life News also
Now the main question
for the investigation is why the killer had no problem passing the
security desk. Detectives are to interrogate the guards who did not
display vigilance, letting the armed man in.
The head of Rigla’s
economic security Andrey Fedoseev has been sacked following the bloody
The victims included two
women and three men, aged 25 to 33, who were employees of the
company’s finance department.
One of the victims turned out to be an accidental casualty – that
morning, Denis Moiseev came to Rigla’s office to be hired for work.
Another victim, a man, who was wounded in the shooting, died in
hospital the following day.
A woman was also injured
as she attempted to flee the scene. She is now in critical condition.
publishes hate manifesto before killing spree
Before the killing spree took place, Vinogradov posted a manifesto on
the Russian social network VKontakte, imitating Norwegian mass
murderer Anders Breivik. In the manifesto, he describes his hatred of
humanity and his desire to kill as many people as possible.
“I am sure that I have good reason to believe all of
humanity is cancer living on this planet,” the manifesto stated.
“Already in 2011 the world population reached seven
billion, and this is despite the fact that current consumption rates
already exhausted the Earth’s resources."
It goes on to argue
that there are not enough wars or diseases in the world, and that
natural selection no longer functions effectively.
“I hate the human society, and I hate to be a part
of it, I hate the futility of human life, I hate this very life, I see
only one way to justify it: to destroy as many particles of human
compost as possible,” the document reads.
The manifesto ends with a call to “understand that
you are not wanted here, you are the genetic garbage that is here on
Earth because of an error in the evolution. You are trash that needs
to be destroyed.”
Psychiatrist Mikhail Vinogradov commented on the published manifest
and drew the comparison between Dmitry and Breivik.
“This man harbored ideas of hatred and anger to the
world and he was planning his evil doing, such as where to do it,”
Dr. Vinogradov told Life News. “The shooting does
not fit with his manifesto, which is written in a clear and concise
“Most likely, it is schizophrenia. [The] catalyst in
his situation could be ridicule by peers, inability to share his ideas
with others, or just the fact that he did not fit into the team,”
Dmitry Vinogradov’s mother confirmed the psychiatrist’s observations:
“People at work mocked him somehow”, she told
Life News. “Before breaking up with [his girlfriend]
he bought a trip for both of them to Edinburgh. But after the breakup
he decided not to go by himself and then became heavily depressed.”
Vinogradov’s mother, he sought psychiatric help and was prescribed
pills, which he did not take on Tuesday. She also said that for the
last six months, he had practiced shooting at a range outside of
profile portrays him as a nature enthusiast and environmentalist. He
had posted pictures of himself saving birds from areas affected by oil
spills, and said that he dislikes consumerism and modern life, yet he
admitted to being addicted to them.
After the shooting, comments on his online profile page ranged from
anger to obscene name-calling. One user wrote,
“Idiot! You should have started with yourself and your own relatives
first!!! Why did you leave them alone?” Another one said,
“I hope you live until one hundred and rot alone in
Pictured: Gunman seconds before embarking on
shooting spree in his office in rampage that has now claimed six live
By Will Stewart - DailyMail.co.uk
November 8, 2012
Shocking images of a gunman moments before he shot
dead six people in front of an ex-girlfriend who had ended their
relationship were today released by police.
Dmitry Vinogradov, 29, launched his deadly attack,
which lasted just 18 seconds, in a Moscow office yesterday.
CCTV footage of the disgruntled lawyer shows him
walking into the building wearing a large rucksack carrying guns,
heading into a toilet and then emerging heavily armed and clad all in
He then walks calmly up stairs, killing two men on
the way, and into an office where he killed four more.
His former girlfriend, accounts department clerk
Anna Kaznikova, 26, can be seen running from the room. She escaped
Vinogradov was then overpowered by office workers,
and tied up by security guards.
His sixth victim, Nikita Strelnikov, died today.
The 30-year-old suffered multiple wounds in the massacre as he sought
to shield female colleagues from the gunman.
Two women and three other men were also killed in
the shooting spree in the offices of a pharmaceutical company; all
were shot in the head.
The other three male victims were named as
Alexander Biryuk, Andrei Tertiakov and Denis Moiseev, all 33, and the
women were Elena Lapshina and Natalia Plekhanova, both 25.
Yaroslava Sergenyuk, 24, was struck by a bullet to
her chest which pierced her lung, and another which damaged her nose.
She was rushed to hospital by helicopter and is fighting for her life.
Vinogradov's rampage was sparked after he was
jilted by Miss Kaznikova. It was first reported that she had been
wounded, but it now appears her ex-boyfriend let her escape unscathed,
He had called her minutes before storming the office room where she
Instead of at her, he aimed his two guns - one in
each hand - at office workers who he blamed for mocking him, thus
prompting her to end their relationship.
The spree lasted only 18 seconds before he ran out
of ammunition and was overpowered.
Kaznikova did not speak about the shooting but she
revealed: 'We started dating in summer last year. He made me little
sweet presents, took me to the cinema. But he was too romantic for me,
we never got too close.
'We finally split up in winter when he started
being angry. He was really jealous. In January, he sent me a text
message and blamed me for making him feel angry. He also called me
Hours before his bloody attack, Vinogradov posted a
'manifesto of hate' on the internet, comparing mankind to a 'giant
His sinister manifesto, posted at 4.56am yesterday,
drew immediate comparisons with Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik,
who shot dead 69 people at a camp last year.
Police say Vinogradov came to the Rigla plant at
Chermyanskaya Street, Moscow, where his ex-girlfriend worked, at 9am
and was allowed in as a lawyer for the company.
The killer then went to the toilet where he changed
into army fatigues and went out into the depot with a Saiga hunting
rifle and an Italian-made Benelli shotgun.
He gunned down two men on the stairs before going
into his ex-girlfriend's office where he shot his other victims.
In a chilling confession, he later told police: ‘We
were dating for a long time but in January this year we split up. I
tried to get her back but failed.
'In March, I bought a rifle and 200 bullets and a
‘My colleagues are to blame - they advised Anya to
split with me. I came into the office where Anya worked and said:
“Hello, colleagues”, and she saw how I began to shoot all of them.
‘I wanted them to see how strong I was and then I
planned to kill myself.’
Vinogradov’s mother Elena Vinogradova revealed on
Wednesday that the couple had rowed before breaking up over a romantic
trip he had booked to take her to Scotland.
She said: ‘He quarreled with that girl Anya from
the finance department. He is from the law department.
'I understand it that his shooting was in the
finance department. It is likely that they mocked him somehow.
‘Before they split up, he bought her a trip to
Edinburgh, ordered everything, paid for it all, and some two days
before it she said: “I'm not going." He was in a horrible depression
Vinogradova had been on medication to cope with his
depression but had not taken it the day before the shooting.
His mother added: ‘He was absolutely quiet
yesterday,’ adding that she had tried to discourage his interest in
In his manifesto posted on a Russian social site
which also included racist images, Vinogradov declared: ‘I hate human
society and I am disgusted to be a part of it! I hate the
senselessness of human life! I hate this very life! I see only one way
to justify it - to destroy as many parts of the human compost as
‘This is the only right thing which everyone of us
can do in his life, it is the only way to justify it, the only way to
make this world better.
‘The way of surviving and self-perfection of a man
is a mistake, it leads to a dead end, to destroying of all the rest,
of all what is really alive.''
Mass murderous Moscow lawyer apologizes for
November 8, 2012
Confessed mass killer Dmitry Vinogradov, the
30-year-old Muscovite lawyer who shot six people dead, apologized in
court Thursday during an arraignment hearing, pleading that he had “no
other choice,” than to take on his unarmed colleagues with two assault
rifles on a normal weekday morning.
The killer added that he wanted to take his own
life after the massacre, but was prevented from doing so.
Investigators filed with the court to sanction
Vinogradov’s arrest during the arraignment hearing in the Babushkinsky
District Court of Moscow. Investigators expressed concerned that if
released on bail, the defendant could tamper with crucial evidence.
The prosecutor noted that Vinogradov constitutes a
significant threat and that the rampage caused a public uproar, that’s
why `he should be arrested. The accused himself didn’t object to being
During the proceeding, the judge read out the
testimonies of witnesses present at the scene of the crime. Vinogradov
is said to have shown up at work the day of the rampage wearing a full
suit of camouflage. Assuming it was part of an elaborate joke, no one
raised an eyebrow at his choice of attire. His colleagues
characterized Vinogradov’s personality – prior to the mass shooting –
as considerate and polite.
Vinogradov looked sullen as he sat before the judge
during Thursday’s hearing – his head hung low and his shoulders
stooped. The atmosphere in the courtroom was devastating and full of
Five of Vinogradov’s coworkers died at the scene,
and another has since passed away at the hospital.
Aleksey Kuzyukin, who was appointed by court to
represent Vinogradov’s interests, claims his client to be insane.
After 40 minutes of deliberation, the judge agreed
to issue a warrant for Vinogradov's arrest, thereby officially
sanctioning his detention till January 6, 2013.
The case is fresh and his motives yet unknown, but
insight into his mental process may be gleaned from a manifesto posted
to his account on popular Russian social network VKontakte shortly
before the incident. The manifesto details Vinogradov’s disgust with
human society. He explores the parallels between humanity and cancer
cells, explaining that both destroy everything in their paths, the
path of the former being the planet. He believes that throughout the
course of its existence, mankind has defied the laws of nature in its
relentless quest for eternal life. In particular, this has been a slap
in the face to natural selection. Thus not only have we lost sight of
genetic weakness, we have encouraged its perpetuation under the guises
of “humanity” and “tolerance.” In conclusion, he declares, ““I hate
human society, I oppose being a part of it! I hate the senselessness
of human life! I hate this very life! I see only one way to justify
it: destroy as many particles of this human compost as possible..."
Moscow killer told of homicidal urges before
November 12, 2012
A Moscow lawyer’s recent workplace
shooting rampage, which killed six, may have been preventable. He
reportedly told at least two other people of his homicidal urges
before the incident, and posted a foreboding message on a social
An investigation by daily newspaper
MK revealed that 30-year-old lawyer Dmitry Vinogradov spoke about his
homicidal feelings with a female colleague at the Rigla pharmaceutical
company, a psychiatrist and even with his ex-girlfriend, Anna
Vinogradov’s breakup with Kaznikova
reportedly sparked a period of deep depression in which he
contemplated suicide. His mother convinced him to visit a
psychiatrist; Vinogradov first mentioned his homicidal thoughts to the
doctor, and related his suicidal tendencies.
The psychiatrist diagnosed Vinogradov
with ‘masked depression against the background of organic disorder,’
and prescribed him numerous antidepressants. The medications
apparently had little effect, so he stopped taking them.
After the massacre, some
psychiatrists speculated that Vinogradov was wrongly diagnosed, and
that psychosis and schizophrenia would have been more accurate. They
also noted that antidepressants are contraindicated for such
diagnoses, since they can trigger serotonin syndrome, which leads to
months after Vinogradov broke up with Kaznikova, he published a photo
of an African boy with a machine-gun on his Vkontakte page with the
caption, "Off with racism, kill them all." It
was allegedly a cry for help directed at his ex-girlfriend, which went
unnoticed, but anyone who looked at his page could have seen the
Vinogradov then spoke with one of
his colleagues. Shortly before the shooting rampage, he reportedly
told a woman in the legal department that he fantasized about shooting
everyone in the office.
Lonely and angry
“I cannot communicate with people,” Dmitry
allegedly once told his mother, “Anything could be
expected from them, they might laugh at or abase me. I love solitude
He went to college and received a
legal degree, and also studied programming and IT. He began his legal
career at Rigla, and soon was promoted to lawyer
Vinogradov had a handful of
workplace romances while working for Rigla. His second girlfriend
reportedly left him early this year after he insulted in a text
“I got flashes of anger. I started considering
self-immolation in front of her eyes in the office, or to buy a gun
and do a shootout. Sure, I didn’t plan to kill anybody then. I just
wanted to do a masculine act in her presence to bolster self-esteem,”
Vinogradov told police after the rampage. “I
thought everyone was set against me.”
He then illegally bought a medical
inspection to obtain a firearms certificate, which allowed him to buy
two sporting guns. After obtaining the weapons, he trained with them
at various shooting ranges.
‘I wanted to kill as many people as possible in
front of her'.
Early in the morning on November 7,
Vinogradov published his ‘manifesto’ on Russian social network
Vkontakte (‘in contact’), saying that he hated the human race.
He then drove to the Rigla office
with a backpack containing two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition
and camouflage fatigues. He changed clothes in the bathroom and called
Kaznikova to make sure she was in the office.
He then emerged from the bathroom
and fired upon his coworkers, killing six. Kaznikova fled the room
while he was shooting. A 24-year-old woman was injured during the
shooting and remains hospitalized in critical condition.
“I just wanted to make Anna see what she’s made of
me. I wanted to kill as many people as possible right in front of her
eyes,” Vinogradov told police.
“He is a vulnerable, modest and timid boy,”
Vinogradov’s mother told MK, “Probably he is
self-contained a little bit but also very kind, calm, mindful and
conflict-free. I don’t know why he did it.”
Vinogradov is currently in police
custody. He has been charged with mass murder, and is expected to
undergo psychiatric evaluation soon.
Monday, the Moscow prosecutor’s office demanded that Vkontakte take
down Vinogradov’s page. His profile is still up, as is his
‘manifesto.’ Since the Wednesday massacre, it has received around
Mass killer Vinogradov indicted for inciting
April 22, 2013
Dmitry Vinagradov, a Moscow lawyer who shot and
killed six people and has been dubbed the Russian Breivik, was
indicted Monday according to a statement by Russia's Investigative
Vinogradov used two semiautomatic shotguns to shoot
his colleagues while at their desks in November 2012. Five died in the
attack, and the sixth died afterwards in hospital.
Before the shooting, Vinogradov posted a manifesto
on his social network page, detailing his disgust with society and
comparing humanity to cancer. He said that both humanity and cancer
destroy everything in their path.
Vinogradov wrote that humankind has defied the laws
of nature in its relentless quest for eternal life and this has been a
slap in the face of natural selection. Thus, not only have we lost
sight of genetic weakness, but we have even encouraged its
perpetuation under the guises of "humanity" and "tolerance," he wrote.
The psychological and linguistic assessments of the
text state that it contains appeals for a mass extermination of
humanity and justifications for this, the Prosecutor's Office's press
Vinogradov has been charged under several articles
of the Criminal Code, including murder, assassination attempt,