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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Veteran Murder Suspects Accused of Killing Spree

Three suspects detained in the strangling deaths of two female World War II veterans in southwestern Moscow this month have been connected to three more murders, the Investigative Committee said Thursday.

All the victims appeared to have been killed in robberies.

The suspects — brothers Robert and Azamat Kartanov from Kabardino-Balkaria and Ukrainian native Sergei Steblyakov — have admitted to killing Yevdokia Artyomkina, 92, and Zinaida Solovyova, 81, whose bodies were found in their apartments on May 11, investigators said.

The three suspects were renovating the hall of the building where the two women lived.

Now investigators have linked the suspects to the death of Hamzat Abdulrazakov, who ran a construction business in the Moscow region, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax. He said the suspects are also thought to have strangled Moscow resident Roman Shamatov and killed an elderly woman who lived in the same apartment block as the veterans.

The men face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Vasily Pashkov, who admitted in May to killing and robbing his 84-year-old aunt in the same neighborhood, was previously suspected of killing the veterans.