Russian couple who ‘worshipped Devil’ arrested for human sacrifice, drug trafficking

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ussian investigators have zeroed in on a Moscow-based couple who were members of a Satanist sect over allegations of the murder of two people as “human sacrifices” to the devil, AFP reported.

The accused, identified as Olga Bolshakova and Andrei Tregubenko, are wanted on charges of ritual murder and drug trafficking.

ays after vowing to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan, Taliban officials in the restive Herat province have banned co-education in government and private universities, describing it as the ‘root of all evils in society’.

The decision was taken after a meeting between varsity professors, owners of private institutions, and Taliban authorities, Khaama Press News Agency reported on Saturday.

This is the first ‘fatwa’ issued by the Taliban after its swift takeover of Afghanistan last week. Capital Kabul’s capture on Sunday signified the end of the US’s longest war, launched after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

On Tuesday, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s longtime spokesman in his first-ever public appearance to address those concerns at a news conference, promised the Taliban would honour women’s rights within the norms of Islamic law, in an effort to portray a more moderate stance.

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During a three-hour meeting of university professors and owners of private educational institutions, Taliban representative and Head of Higher Education, Afghanistan, Mullah Farid said there is no alternative and co-education must end.

In the last two decades, Afghanistan has implemented a mixed system of co-education and gender-based separate classes in all universities and institutes.

Educationalists said government universities would not be affected by the decision but private institutes would struggle with already a low number of female students.

Herat, according to official estimates, has 40,000 students and 2,000 lecturers in private and government universities and colleges.

According to the investigators, Olga and Andrei met over their mutual interest in a “religious and mystical movement of Satan worshippers, which involves rituals with human sacrifice.”

Fantasy turned into reality for the couple when they lured an acquaintance — their sacrificial target — into a forest in the northern republic of Karelia, and stabbed her. The woman died on the spot from the stab wounds.

Investigators traced the couple’s involvement in another murder case in a town north of St Petersburg. The male victim chosen for the Satanic ritual was first beaten up and then stabbed with a knife.


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