ARMENIAN MUSLIM CLERIC IN RUSSIA MURDERED. CRIMINAL CASE LAUNCHED
Nov 10 2011
Epress.am -- In the Russian city of Yaroslavl, the second imam of the
local mosque, Artur Manukyan, 29, was found dead with four gunshot
wounds to his chest in his home on Nov. 9. A criminal case has been
launched under charges of murder.
As reported by Interfax news agency, investigators don't rule out the
possibility that the murder was committed on ethnic grounds and that
someone was hired to kill him.
Manukyan was appointed to the position of second imam in 2010. He
received his religious education at the Ulugh Beg Madrasa in Bukhara,
Uzbekistan. Manukyan's father is Armenia, but his mother is Tatar.
Note, this is the third murder of a Muslim cleric in the last two
months in central Russia. On the night of Sept. 18, also murdered in
his home was Abakar Kadi Magomedov, a member of the Muslim community
of Yaroslavl's central mosque. Then on Sept. 24, acting imam of the
Ivanovski mosque Fouad Rustamhodzhaev was shot just outside his home
as he was returning from the mosque.