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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow Woman Said to Order Her 17-Year-Old Son's Murder

Police in the southern Moscow region have detained a woman in a sting operation on suspicion of ordering the murder of her 17-year-old son, Interfax reported Tuesday.

A spokesman for the regional prosecutor's office told Interfax that police in Protvino had detained the woman, a 42-year-old crane operator, who allegedly paid an ex-con to kill her son.

She showed the man a photograph of her son, gave him her address and made a down payment of 2,500 rubles ($95).

The woman, whose name has not been made public, did not specify how the murder should be carried out, saying only that her son should die quickly and without unnecessary suffering, prosecutors said. The man took the money, but immediately reported the incident to the authorities, who then organized the sting operation with his cooperation.

The mother and son lived in a one-room apartment and often argued, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office told Interfax. In early March, the mother decided to get rid of her son by having him killed and started looking for a suitable candidate among ex-cons in the city.

On March 12, the ex-con informed the woman, who had not seen her son since March 9, that the job had been done. She paid him another 500 rubles, and was detained by police. A criminal investigation is underway.