April 22, 2023

Violence Comes Home, Too


Violence Comes Home, Too
Murderer Alexander Mamaev with Ekaterina, his wife, on their wedding day. Meduza, Instagram

A man from Nizhny Novgorod volunteered as a soldier for the Russian army in Ukraine. When he returned to Russia, he committed femicide (murder motivated by gender) against his wife. Their six- and seven-year-olds were in the apartment at the time.

Alexander Mamayev returned from being a sub-commander of a mobile infantry unit in Ukraine. After celebratory drinks with his brother-in-law, the 44-year-old fell asleep. According to the former soldier, he thought that his wife, Yekaterina, was taking money from his pocket and stabbed her in the chest during an ensuing argument. However, Nizhny Novgorod Online reported that Mamayev's aggression may actually have been caused by jealousy. Yekaterina managed to call an ambulance, but died before it arrived. Mamayev confessed his crime and was arrested.

The organization Fem Antivoennoe Sprotivlenie (Feminist Antiwar Resistance) said that the war in Ukraine has exacerbated domestic violence in Russia. The Russian media has reported cases of soldiers returning to the country with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Russian feminist organization said that leaving former soldiers' PTSD untreated fuels violence against women and children. Fem Antivoennoe Sprotivlenie also said Russia has pardoned convicted murderers and rapists in exchange for fighting in Ukraine. These men are called "heroes," but when they return home, they endanger their families.

Yekaterina's body remained in the morgue for days, unclaimed. Her local community gathered funds for a proper burial. The couple's children will be sent to an orphanage.

 

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