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A number of Russia media outlets are blaming the current financial
A number of Russia media outlets are blaming the current financial crisis for two recent frenzied killings that followed disputes between landlords and cash-strapped tenants.

The first killing occurred in St. Petersburg, Russia's northern capital, when, according to the Fontanka.ru news website, a 31-year-old landlord went to find out why his tenant had stopped paying the rent.

It turned out that the 57-year-old tenant had recently lost his job as a result of the financial crisis and had no means to continue paying the rent. He was reportedly reluctant to move out and asked the landlord if he could stay the winter rent-free.

Despite the fact that the two men sat down to have a drink and discuss the problem, a row broke out, and the landlord plunged a knife into his tenant's neck. The man died instantly.

The landlord has been detained by police and criminal charges are expected to follow shortly.

The second killing took place in the central Russian Nizhegorod Region and involved a 22-year-old landlady and her 58-year-old male tenant.

Preliminary information suggests that the woman, the mother of a 19-month-old baby, met with the tenant near a local railway station on November 18 to discuss why he had stopped paying the rent. During the resulting row, the women attacked and then strangled the man to death. She then hid the body under leaves and bracken, reported local media.

The body was discovered on November 23. The woman has been detained and is facing murder charges.


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