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Student Arrested in Yushenkov Case

A day after releasing a composite sketch of Sergei Yushenkov’s killer, prosecutors on Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old Muscovite who they believe could have killed the lawmaker to avenge his father. Artyom Stefanov, a student of the Moscow Academy of Enterpreneurship, was arrested in his apartment in northwestern Moscow at 3 a.m. Wednesday and placed in custody for at least 48 hours. Stefanov is suspected of killing Yushenkov to avenge his father, who was jailed for six months in 1995 after sending a threatening letter to the lawmaker, Interfax said, citing a source close to the investigation. Investigators had said their main line of inquiry was into Yushenkov’s party-related finances. Stefanov might have an alibi. Rossia television showed a friend of his, Pavel Maslovets, saying he had met Stefanov at the Oktyabr Stadium just before 6 p.m. last Thursday. Yushenkov was shot on Ulitsa Svobody at 5:48 p.m. The stadium is a short drive away. Full Story

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