A report on Academy maniacs

“I was angry at everyone, I lost faith in myself, people and justice. Shared only with Artem. He supported me in everything.” (Translated to English from Russian) —An excerpt from a letter from Lytkin addressed to the editorial office of the newspaper “Irkutsk Reporter” in November 2012
Public transport stop "State University" in Akademgorodok
The remand prison No. 1 in Irkutsk

Artyom Alexandrovich Anoufriev (Артём Александрович Ануфриев; 4 October 1992) and Nikita Vakhtangovich Lytkin (Никита Вахтангович Лыткин; 24 March 1993 – 30 November 2021) are two serial killers from Irkutsk, Russia, known as the "Academy maniacs" and the "Irkutsk Molotochniki".

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“I was angry at everyone, I lost faith in myself, people and justice. Shared only with Artem. He supported me in everything.” (Translated to English from Russian) —An excerpt from a letter from Lytkin addressed to the editorial office of the newspaper “Irkutsk Reporter” in November 2012

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Sayenko (left) and Suprunyuk (right) with a dead animal

Dnepropetrovsk maniacs

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The Dnepropetrovsk maniacs (Дніпропетровські маніяки, Днепропетровские маньяки) are Ukrainian serial killers responsible for a string of murders in Dnipro in June and July 2007.

The Dnepropetrovsk maniacs (Дніпропетровські маніяки, Днепропетровские маньяки) are Ukrainian serial killers responsible for a string of murders in Dnipro in June and July 2007.

Sayenko (left) and Suprunyuk (right) with a dead animal
Suprunyuk photographed with a hammer; the court described the motive of the killers as "morbid self-affirmation".
Suprunyuk waits at the road-side before the murder of Sergei Yatzenko on 12 July 2007. The yellow plastic bag conceals the hammer used in the attack. A longer version of the Yatzenko-murder video was obtained by the Chilean TV-documentary-series Aquí en Vivo.

On 5 April 2011, two Russian youths, Artyom Anoufriev (Артём Ануфриев) (born 1992) and Nikita Lytkin (Никита Лыткин) (born 1993), known as the Academy maniacs (Академовские маньяки) were arrested in connection with six murders and attacks on residents in Akademgorodok in Irkutsk.

Blood Magic Gang

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Gang of Russian serial killers, organized in 2007 by 22-year-old Irkutsk resident Konstantin Shumkov.

Gang of Russian serial killers, organized in 2007 by 22-year-old Irkutsk resident Konstantin Shumkov.

Artyom Anoufriev and Nikita Lytkin, who committed six murders and a series of attacks in the Irkutsk's Academgorodok region during the period from December 2010 to April 2011, showed interest in the activities of the Blood Magic Gang.