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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Wife Dead, Husband Injured in Grenade Blast

A woman died and three people were injured Friday morning after a Russian made F-1 grenade exploded in a wine shop in western Moscow.


Although detectives are still pursuing their investigations, low level officers at the scene said that the explosion was likely a gruesome end to a domestic argument.


The dead woman was Lyudmila Baburin, a sales assistant in the shop. Among the injured was Valery Baburin, the woman's husband, who police and eyewitnesses said had entered the shop shortly before the explosion around 10 a.m.


Tearful friends of the dead woman, who would not give their names and who found out about the explosion shortly after it took place, said Valery Baburin came to the shop and an argument had taken place before the explosion.


They said the victim had recently split up with her husband and moved in with a girlfriend to avoid contact with him. They said that Baburin had been trying to meet with his estranged wife and she had been avoiding him.


Police said the man has not been charged. He has been taken to a hospital. Valery Baburin's hand was blown off in the explosion, police said.


A Moscow city police spokesman said it is still unclear whether Baburin wanted to commit double suicide or kill his wife, or whether the explosion was an accident.


The family had a 10-year-old son, Stanislav, who is currently staying at his grandmother's dacha outside of Moscow.


According to Galina Dyomina, the director of a neighboring bread shop, the trouble in Baburin's family started after Valery Baburin, a policeman who works in Moscow's Domodedovo airport came back from Chechnya.


He was sent to Chechnya twice as a member of Interior Ministry forces.


Dyomina said she knew Lyudmila Baburin well because, until recently, she was her employer. "Whenever he would get drunk he would become mad," Dyomina said, hinting that Valery Baburin was a heavy drinker.


Russian television also speculated that the murder may have come as the result of the so-called Chechen syndrome -- the psychological trauma that affects veterans of the war.