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Suspect Ordered Detained In Killing At Moscow Candy Factory


Police officers stand guard outside the candy factory after the shooting in Moscow on December 27.

A Moscow court has ordered the former co-owner of a Moscow candy factory to remain in jail while the killing of a security guard at the plant is investigated.

The Investigative Committee said on December 28 that Ilya Averyanov opened fire with a shotgun after arguing with the Menshevik plant's new owner, killing a security guard and injuring three people.

After the shooting, Averyanov called a radio station and said he was defending himself against a "gang" that he accused of colluding with Moscow prosecutors to illegally seize his property.

He told the station that he "unfortunately" killed a person and claimed he was acting in self-defense.

Averyanov told the Moscow court that he didn't intend to kill anyone and pleaded to be put under house arrest. The court on December 28 instead ordered him jailed for two months.

A bankruptcy case for the Menshevik factory is due to be heard in Moscow on January 18, according to court filings.

Based on reporting by AP, Rapsinews, Interfax, RIA Novosti, and TASS
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