The four murderers of three Chinese women in Russia’s Khakassia have confessed that their initial kidnapping motive was to rob the victims of their belongings, according to local investigative authorities.
The trial of the four Russians took place on Saturday, during which, the accused confessed to the killings and said they had initially wanted to steal from the women.
Police in Russia’s southern Siberian republic of Khakassia arrested the suspects early on Friday. The three victims were all farm workers in their 40s and 50s.
The women originally came from northeast China’s northeastern Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces. They are believed to have worked legally in the city of Abakan, the capital of the Khakassia Republic.
Police discovered their charred remains in a village near Krasnoyarsk on Wednesday. Witnesses said the suspects were in a drunken state and had dragged the women into their vehicle.
The Chinese Consulate in Irkutsk announced the latest findings of the investigation on Saturday afternoon. Four suspects, all with criminal records aging from 19 to 23, have confessed to consuming alcohol on May 14, after which, they saw the women and then killed them for their jewelry.
“We, especially us women, felt shocked when heard about this tragedy. It is said that the criminals had stolen rings from the victims. They saw that the women were wearing jewelry, so they had evil thoughts,” said a local resident. She also said this has been the region’s first murder of Chinese citizens.
In Russia’s, Abakan is regarded as a city with good social security conditions. The murder case has shocked locals, who have condemned the murderers’ brutality and expressed their sympathy to victims’ families.
“I think whoever the murderers are, criminals are criminals forever. I feel sympathy for those victims, your people. It doesn’t matter where they come from. I feel ashamed and I feel disgraced that our country has such people,” said local resident.
There are believed to be over 1,000 Chinese farm workers in the city of Abakan. The local Chinese community has called for a fair punishment for the murderers.
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