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Russian School Attack

Funerals held for 9 victims of Russian school attack


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Published on September 21, 2021 11:20 AM
MOSCOW (AP) — Relatives wept and hugged as the nine people killed in a school shooting in the Russian city of Kazan were buried Wednesday, which was declared a day of mourning in the predominantly Muslim republic of Tatarstan.

A huge pile of flowers grew at a makeshift memorial outside School No. 175 in the city 430 miles (700 kilometers) east of Moscow where the gunman opened fire on Tuesday, sending students diving under their desks, running from the building or even jumping from windows on upper floors. He also detonated a homemade bomb.

In addition to the seven students and two employees who died, another 23 people remained hospitalized from the attack at the school, which enrolls children from the first to 11th grades.

At the funeral of Elvira Ignatyeva, a 26-year-old English teacher, relatives and friends hugged each other and cried as she was laid to rest.

"She loved children," said her uncle, Talgat Gumerov, speaking to reporters in a quavering voice after the burial, which was carried out the day after her death in accordance to Islamic tradition.

Investigators gave no motive as to why Ilnaz Galyaviyev, 19, who was arrested in the shooting, carried out the attack at his former school. He appeared in court Wednesday, charged with murder, and was ordered to pre-trial detention for two months. Officials said he legally owned a firearm.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the head of the country's National Guard to revise firearms regulations for civilians.

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Kazan school shooting

On 11 May 2021, a mass school shooting occurred in Kazan, Tatarstan, in the western part of Russia, and a bomb was detonated. Nine people were killed, and 23 others were injured. The 19-year-old shooter, Ilnaz Galyaviev, was identified as a former student. He pleaded guilty to the murder of two or more persons on 12 May and is being detained. Before the shooting, Ilnaz Galyaviev had visited the school unarmed, but was not allowed in. At 9:19 a.m. MSK , Galyaviev was stopped at the main entrance by a security system requiring a card. Galyaviev opened fire when the person on guard attempted to stop him from entering. The wounded guard managed to press a panic button at 9:25, triggering an alarm in the school and alerting law enforcement. The alarm alerted teachers in the building, allowing them to lock down their classrooms. A radio communication was also sent out in the building, calling for teachers to close their classrooms.

Next, Galyaviev moved to different classrooms, which were closed due to the radio announcement, and shot at people in the halls, killing a teacher. He also attempted to shoot a student, but the firearm had run out of ammunition so instead he decided to fight with the student. Galyaviev then set off an improvised explosive device near the first-floor English-language room before moving to the second floor, reloading his weapon in a bathroom.

Galyaviev then moved to the third floor, going into classroom 310 and killing seven students and a second teacher, and wounding a third. Up to 17 shots were fired during the shooting. Galyaviev then moved to different classrooms on the third floor, all of which were locked. Galyaviev, now having run out of ammunition, attempted to leave the school, just as law enforcement arrived at 9:33. The school was evacuated within twenty minutes.

Video footage inside and outside the school was posted to social media; it appeared to show students using classroom windows to escape, school corridors littered with personal belongings, and a man detained by police.

Firefighters rescued 23 people on the third floor of the school

Nine people were killed during the shooting: seven were eighth-grade students and two were teachers. One of the teachers, Elvira Nikolaevna Ignatieva , gave her life while covering children from the shots. Two students died from injuries sustained from jumping from third-floor windows in order to escape Galyaviev. One student of the school committed suicide in the aftermath of the shooting.

The injured were 20 students ranging from 7 to 15 years old and three adults. At least seven wounded students were hospitalized with gunshot wounds. A Ministry of Emergency Situations Ilyushin Il-76 transported nine injured, including five students, from Kazan to Zhukovsky. After landing, the injured were transferred in ambulances to Moscow. One student was put on an artificial ventilator after surgery.


Ilnaz Renatovich Galyaviev , a 19-year-old resident of Kazan, was detained. Galyaviev graduated from Gymnasia No. 175 in 2018 and was expelled from the University of TISBI, a management academy in Kazan, in April 2021. He had no previous criminal record. On the morning of the shooting, Galyaviev posted a photo on Telegram of himself in a face mask with the word 'God' in Russian written on it, captioned, 'Today I will kill a huge amount of biowaste and shoot myself.'

Galyaviev had planned for the shooting to take place on 6 May. However, a non-working day was declared by President Putin, which closed the school until 11 May.

A psychological and psychiatric mental evaluation of Galyaviev is planned which will take at least two months. Galyaviev had previously sought mental health treatment and testing revealed some cerebral atrophy a year before the shooting, though he was not registered with a psychiatrist. Relatives had also noticed an increase in Galyaviev's aggressive behavior. However, while in court on 12 May, Galyaviev denied having any serious illnesses.

The Hatsan Escort PS Guard semi-automatic shotgun reportedly used by Galyaviev was officially registered on 14 April, two days after Galyaviev received a permit to carry weapons. In addition, Galyaviev researched bomb recipes on the Internet. He made two bombs, leaving one in his apartment and bringing the second to the school.

While in custody, Galyaviev said he planted a bomb at his registered address. However, during a search of the location, no explosives were found, and evidence was taken. When he was sitting in police car, Galyaviev attempted to commit suicide by biting an artery on his left arm, but was stopped by law enforcement

Legal proceedings

On 12 May, Galyaviev pleaded guilty to the murder of two or more persons , which carries a sentence of life imprisonment. He was also taken into detention until 11 July. On 21 July, mass media reported that he was declared insane, but the Investigative Committee of Russia refuted this information; officially his examination will be finished by 26 July.


All second-shift classes in Kazan were cancelled, and the entrances to Kazan schools were restricted. Several schools in Moscow were searched with dogs, although nothing was found. All students who attend Gymnasia No. 175 are planned to return to school on 17 May in neighboring schools while the school undergoes repairs. After their arrival at the school, a counter-terrorism operation regime was established. It was later removed at 15:47. In addition, 12 May was declared a day of mourning. Cultural and entertainment events were cancelled for 11 and 12 May.

Tatarstan authorities sent a 1 million rubles payment to each family of the deceased. Six victims with major bodily harm have received 400 thousand rubles each, with plans to send payments of between 200–400 thousand rubles to more families of the injured. In addition, the Russian Red Cross Society raised 62,777,390 rubles for the victims of the shooting

Gun control proposals

President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims and ordered the government to tighten the country's gun laws. Vasily Piskarev, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, said a draft bill for tougher restrictions on obtaining a gun license would be considered on 12 May by a working group and that the bill could be considered in the first reading by the State Duma on 18 May. The bill, which was submitted to the State Duma in December 2020, prohibits citizens with two or more convictions, or citizens who have been caught drunk driving, from receiving a license to own weapons.

Secretary of the General Council of United Russia, Andrey Turchak, stressed the need to toughen legislation on gun trafficking and find better approaches to protect schools. State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin expressed the need for a procedure to prevent unstable citizens from obtaining weapons. He also expressed the need for tougher responsibility on those who distribute false certificates to obtain weapons.

Human Rights Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova proposed raising the age to obtain a weapon to 21.

Director of the National Guard of Russia, Viktor Zolotov, proposed a mandatory psychological test when receiving a permit for a firearm. He also proposed raising the age to obtain a permit to 21.

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