Sunday 20 October 2019

Russia's most prolific serial killer jailed for murdering 78 women

Mikhail Popkov stands inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Irkutsk on December 10, 2018. Photo: Anton KLIMOV / AFP)ANTON KLIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Mikhail Popkov stands inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Irkutsk on December 10, 2018. Photo: Anton KLIMOV / AFP)ANTON KLIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Mikhail Popkov sits inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Irkutsk on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Anton KLIMOV / AFP)ANTON KLIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
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A former policeman in Russia has been convicted of murdering 56 women, bringing the number he is believed to have killed to at least 78.

Mikhail Popkov, from the eastern Siberian city of Angarsk, was found guilty of the murders between 1994 and 2000 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Popkov, who was arrested in 2012, is already serving life for 22 other killings.

The verdict makes him Russia's most prolific serial killer in at least the past century.

Mikhail Popkov sits inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Irkutsk on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Anton KLIMOV / AFP)ANTON KLIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Mikhail Popkov sits inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Irkutsk on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Anton KLIMOV / AFP)ANTON KLIMOV/AFP/Getty Images

Local police have for years been investigating murders in the Irkutsk region, where dozens of women were raped and killed in secluded spots.

Psychiatric tests run on Popkov have concluded that he is sane.

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