Israeli Woman Knifed to Death

An Israeli woman who worked at a local Jewish kindergarten has been stabbed to death in central Moscow in a robbery attempt.

Yael Anetdinova, 27, was waiting for her husband near a synagogue on Ulitsa Pokrovka at 2:30 a.m. Monday when a man believed to have been intoxicated approached her and demanded money, a spokesman for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia said Tuesday.

When Anetdinova refused, the mugger stabbed her in the neck with a knife, killing her on the spot, he said.

The suspected killer -- a native of Belarus -- has been detained, a city police spokesman said Tuesday.

Anetdinova, a mother of two and the wife of a teacher at a local Jewish high school, had both Russian and Israeli citizenship, the federation spokesman said.

The city police spokesman said the victim was identified in police reports as Yekaterina Tikhomirova and denied that she was an Israeli citizen.

Citing an unidentified source in the city police, Moskovsky Komsomolets on Tuesday identified the suspected killer as Vadim Stepanyuk, 24, who had previously been convicted of robbery.

Stepanyuk has admitted that he tried to rob Anetdinova but denies that he killed her, MK reported.