Ilnaz Galyaviev, accused of mass murder in Kazan gymnasium No. 175, was requested by the state prosecution to be sentenced to life imprisonment with the first five years in prison, and then in a special regime correctional colony. The prosecution also insists on the full satisfaction of the claims of the victims, the amount of which exceeds 100 million rubles. The prosecutor of Tatarstan, who joined the court as a public prosecutor, called the crime a “brutal, diabolical act of a subhuman” and demanded a “punishment” such that “the evil would never happen again.”
In the Supreme Court of Tatarstan, during the debate on the criminal case of 21-year-old Ilnaz Galyaviev, the prosecutor of the republic, Ildus Nafikov, requested a sentence of life imprisonment with the first five years in prison, and then in a special regime correctional colony. In addition, the accused, according to the prosecutor, must pay a fine of 240 thousand rubles. and fully compensate for moral damages at the claims of the victims.
As a result of the actions of Ilnaz Galyaviev, nine people died, including seven minors, and 139 people suffered serious bodily harm.
667 people were recognized as victims in the case. Initially, the amount of civil claims amounted to 48 million rubles. In the course of the trial, it exceeded 100 million rubles. In addition, the mayor’s office of Kazan demanded compensation for material damage to the school building, estimated at more than 1.4 million rubles.
According to the case file, on the morning of May 11, 2021, a former student of the 175th gymnasium Galyaviev (left it after the ninth grade) attacked his alma mater “out of hooligan motives.” He did this, as follows from the indictment, being “under the influence of Internet publications” about similar crimes committed by representatives of the Columbine subculture (in the Russian Federation the movement is recognized as terrorist and banned) in the United States and Russia.
According to the state prosecution, Ilnaz Galyaviyev planned the massacre in advance: seven days before the attack, he shared his intentions in a Telegram channel called “God”. The young man legally received a hunting license and a license from the Russian Guard for the purchase of hunting weapons using the public services website, bought a Hatsan hunting rifle and cartridges for it in a specialized store, learned shooting at courses where bodyguards are trained, and purchased a gun safe. With the help of instructions from the Internet, he made explosives, having bought everything necessary for this in hardware stores.
On May 11, at 9:24, Galyaviev came to the gymnasium, having a weapon with him – a knife, explosives, a loaded gun and 505 spare cartridges with buckshot and bullets. According to the materials collected by the Main Investigative Directorate of the ICR, at the entrance he shot three times at 19-year-old Alina Sadykova, “an accidental visitor to the school” (the girl was wounded, but managed to escape).
At the door, the attacker met a school worker, 62-year-old Mullanur Mustafin, and shot him twice in the stomach and head (the man survived). Further on the ground floor, Galyaviev fired at “running teachers and school workers,” but missed. In the corridor of the first floor, with a shot in the head and back, he killed the primary school teacher Venera Aizatova and tried to kill a schoolgirl who was nearby, but could not – the gun ran out of cartridges, and the girl ran away.
Then Galyaviyev set off an explosive device at the door of office No. 107, in which there were 26 children and two adults, but no one was injured: “the explosion was not powerful enough,” as the indictment says.
In an office on the second floor, the attacker killed the English teacher Elvira Ignatieva. Then, from the window of her office, he fired at the school sports ground, where there was a physical education lesson. Five schoolchildren were injured.
Then Galyaviev went up to the third floor and burst into the classroom, which was not locked: according to the case file, they did not hear the calls of the director of the gymnasium on the school radio to close in the classrooms. There he fired 20 rounds at the students of the 8th “A” and the teacher of the Tatar language. Seven children died on the spot. Doctors saved two students who had jumped out of the window of the third floor, as well as wounded students of the 8th “A” and a teacher.
In about seven minutes, while the attack on the gymnasium lasted, Galyaviev fired a total of about 30 shots, it follows from the case file. The accused surrendered to the police officers who arrived at the gymnasium. According to the state prosecution, in total, Ilnaz Galyaviev attempted on 655 persons, of which 643 were children. At the debate, the prosecutor Nafikov stated that by the crime the accused “defied God and all mankind – at once he violated all the main ten commandments inherent in all religions of society.”
“This is a brutal, diabolical act of a subhuman who, according to some diabolical mysticism, was born on the day of the tragedy in New York,” the state prosecutor drew attention to the date of birth of Galyaviev – September 11, 2001, when a terrorist attack was committed in the towers of the World Trade Center.
According to the public prosecutor, the punishment should be such that “the evil never happens again.”
One of the victims present at the debate, the father of the deceased eighth-grader Amir Volkov, Ildar Volkov, said that he “fully supports” the opinion of the state prosecution. At the beginning of the trial, he told reporters that he would like the death penalty not only for Ilnaz Galyaviyev, but also for his nine closest relatives – according to the number of dead: “For the edification of others.”
Galyaviev himself, who from the very beginning of the process fully admitted his guilt, and his appointed defense counsel Ruslan Nuriakhmetov have not yet appeared in the debate. They asked for a break to clarify their position. The trial will continue on April 8.