Academy maniacs

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Artyom Alexandrovich Anoufriev (born October 4, 1992) and Nikita Vakhtangovich Lytkin (born March 24, 1993) (Russian: Артём Александрович Ануфриев и Никита Вахтангович Лыткин) are two serial killers from Irkutsk, Russia.

On April 5, 2011, Anoufriev and Lytkin were arrested in connection with a series of six murders and nine attacks on local residents in Akademgorodok of Irkutsk. The attacks, which involved a mallet and knife, began in November 2010; their first two victims survived. Anoufriev and Lytkin were ultimately arrested after a video showing the dead body of a woman being mutilated with a knife was found on a camera belonging to Lytkin's uncle, who had become suspicious of the young men. According to media reports, the youths had been influenced by reading about Alexander Pichushkin and the Dnepropetrovsk maniacs (Igor Suprunyuck and Viktor Sayenko) on the Internet. A psychiatric examination found them to be sane. They told doctors that they chose weak and drunk people as their victims. The court case against Anoufriev and Lytkin was scheduled to begin after the completion of the investigation by March 2012. On 2 April 2013 Anoufriev was sentenced to life imprisonment and Lytkin to 24 years.


  • December 1, 2010 – Danil Semyonov (age 12)
  • December 16, 2010 – Olga Pirog (age 69)
  • January 1, 2011 – unknown homeless man
  • February 21, 2011 – Alexander Maximov
  • March 11, 2011 – Roman Faizullin
  • April 3, 2011 – unknown homeless woman