Monday, September 30, 2013

Brazil: Russian Tourist, 17, Shot Three Times, Killed Near Rio de Janeiro, Motive Uncertain

According to, Russian tourist Sergey Danshin Petrovich, was found dead on the outskirts of Marica, a resort city near Rio de Janeiro on Saturday (September 28).

The Russian youth was shot at least three times in the head, killing him instantly. 

Police in Rio said that Danshin, three other friends and a teacher arrived in Rio on Thursday (September 26) and that the five were staying at a house belonging to some friends in Marica.

COMMENT: The four students reportedly went to a local bar on Friday (September 27), but Petrovich late returned to the bar alone, where he was last seen alive.

Police investigators have not ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing even though the teenager’s backpack containing his cell phone, credit card, cigarettes and lighter were later found. 

The victim's body was later taken to the coroner’s office in the nearby city of Itaborai, where an autopsy will be performed. The Russian Consulate in Rio de Janeiro was informed of Petrovich's death.

The first issue to be raised in this case is why did the teacher, who accompanied the students, not exercise greater responsibility and accompany the young men to the bar?

Unfortunately, did not clarify whether the students were on an institutionally-sanctioned trip or whether or not they were Brazilian or foreign students.

As I have said so often in the past, Rio de Janeiro, like many major cities in Brazil, are particularly perilous for the inexperienced and young, with a youngster alone being particularly vulnerable to violence.