Teenager jailed for killing Russian Santa Claus

Moscow, May 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A 17-year-old boy in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe has been sentenced to jail for 10 years for killing a man dressed as “Father Frost’, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus.

A court in Dushanbe Thursday handed down the sentence to Behruz Shrifov, who was found guilty of the killing.

He stabbed to death in January 24-year-old Parviz Davlatbekov, dressed as Father Frost, in an attack motivated by religious hatred, a court spokesman said.

The victim was attacked as he visited relatives. Father Frost by tradition brings Russian children presents at New Year. Russian cultural influence remains strong in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic.

Two accomplices of the accused were found guilty of hooliganism and received four-year sentences.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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