|Location||Kushchyovskaya, Krasnodar Krai, Russia|
|Date||4 November 2010|
|Weapons||carbon monoxide, Nerve agent, Tranquillizer gun |
The Kushchyovskaya massacre, carried out on 4 November 2010, was the murder of 12 people including four children in the village of Kushchyovskaya, Krasnodar Krai of southern Russia. The family of wealthy local farmer Serever Ametov was targeted and stabbed to death, together with visiting friends and a bystander. The mass murder shocked Russia and highlighted links between criminals and corrupt officials, as the perpetrators were members of a gang who had received protection from the authorities and operated with impunity for years.
Sergei Tsapok, the convicted gang leader and mastermind of the murders, died in prison following a stroke on July 6, 2014. Three of his accomplices had recently committed suicide, the most recent two days prior.
Portrayal in the media
The case was the subject of several documentaries aired in Russia. It also inspired the 2013 TV series Станица (Stanitsa, The Village), a fictitious story loosely based on the events leading to the murder in Kushchyovskaya.
- html Ekaterina Kovalevskaya. Tragedy in the village: In a private house in the village of Kushchevskaya, 12 people were killed, including four children // Rossiyskaya Gazeta - Federal Issue No. 5330 (251) dated November 8, 2010. In russian
- The perpetrators of the Kuban massacre were detained, the customers are next in line. In russian
- BBC News - Bloodbath end to Russian holiday
- BBC News - Crime and Punishment in Putin's Russia
- "Notorious Russian Gang Leader Dies in Prison After Accomplices' Suicides", by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, The Moscow Times