Judo star, 11, burned alive after being doused in petrol and locked in shed

A young martial arts star was killed after being "doused in petrol" and locked in a shed that then burst into flames.

Russian Judo champion Albert Umbetyarov, 11, was nailed inside the shed in Ramenskoye, Moscow region, after he fell out with some older children on Friday (May 19), according to local reports.

One witness told Argumenti media outlet: "The attacking boys used bats to beat him to the almost unconscious state, then doused him with petrol, locked him in a shed, set the shed on fire and tried to escape."

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Another chimed in: "There was a fight…

"One of the younger children who witnessed it said that the victim was beaten at his knees, so he couldn’t run, or even walk."

The attackers are thought to be aged 13 to 15, while a group of teenage girls watched the assault and allegedly streamed the fire on social media.

A third witness said: "They attacked him out of envy, because he was an athlete and was doing better than them.

"One of the boys from that group ran away and didn’t take part.

"Younger children aged six and seven playing nearby then ran to adults to get help."

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A parent of one of the victim's friends said his son had been at the scene but left before it took place and returned after eating a meal.

"At 7pm he called me in tears," said the dad, named only as Alexey.

"He told me: 'My friend burned to death in the shed.'

"I went there. I saw the flames. There was no one to be rescued by that time."

Several men at the scene attempted to rescue the boy from the blaze but were unsuccessful, Alexey added.

Albert's judo coach, Alexander Tvanba, described his student as "smart and very peaceful, he wouldn’t offend a fly."

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He added: "He was very hard-working and never had any issues. He won several competitions."

Tvanba added he believed Albert was unconscious by the time he was nailed into the locked shed, adding that if he had been conscious, he would have been strong enough to smash his way out.

The Russian Investigative Committee said: "On 19 May 2023 children during a quarrel shut a boy inside a shed, locked the shed from outside, and nailed the door. Next a fire started.

"According to preliminary findings, [the fire started] inside the shed.

"Children could not open the door, and asked for help.

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"When help arrived, the boy’s body was found inside the burned shed."

This comes following a worrying rise in the incidents of crime committed by children in Russia since Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

The head of the Investigative Committee and Putin's university classmate, Alexander Bastrykin, reported earlier this month that a "general rise in crime is underway" in Russia.

"We see a trend when serious and particularly grave offences are being committed by children," he said, adding that he'd noticed "an increasing tendency of extremist crimes committed by young people" with a "sharp increase" in 2022 and 2023 "after the onset of the special military operation."


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