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Trial to start in murder of European Junior champ Vlasko

Three men arrested in the July 2017 murder of two-time European junior freestyle wrestling champion Yury Vlasko of the Russian Federation are about to go to trial, the Russian website RASPI News reported Monday.

Yury Vlasko
As InterMat reported nearly one year ago, the 20-year-old Vlasko was found dead on the shore of Lake Baikal in Siberia on July 29, 2017, with stab wounds in the neck and chest, one week after winning the junior title in the under 96-kilogram category in competition at Ulan-Ude. Vlasko had reportedly come to the aid of friends who said they were being attacked by locals on the beach. When the brawl ended, Vlasko's bloodied body was found lying on the beach.

In August 2017, two men were arrested, charged with murder and detained. One of them admitted his involvement in the sportsman's death but claimed that he was defending himself from the wrestler, according to RAPSI. Investigators, however, doubted this version as it contradicted testimony of witnesses. A third man allegedly involved in the murder was arrested in October 2017.

Now the criminal case has been forwarded to court for hearing -- the next step towards a trial -- according to the Investigative Committee's directorate for Russia's Republic of Buryatia.

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