Vladimir Putin has pardoned a satanic cannibal killer whose sect killed four teenagers, then told police the devil would protect them because they “made many sacrifices for him” – because the killer had been fighting in Ukraine for six months.
Nikolai Ogoobyak, 33, served 13 years of a 20-year prison sentence for murdering four Russian teenagers in ritual killings before being released and drafted into Putin’s army.
After serving six months of fighting against Ukrainian soldiers in the Russian convict unit “Storm Z”, Ogoobyak is a free man. His father said 76.ru that the murderer, who was supposed to be released in 2030, returned on November 2 with a “severe wound”.
“He is disabled due to his injuries,” he said. – He’s walking, but the wound was serious. He’s not working at the moment, he’s just recovering.”
Ogoobyak was convicted in 2010 of participating in the murder of victims Anya Gorokhova (16), Olga Pukhova (15), Vari Kuzmina (16) and Andrei Sorokin (16) in two separate “rituals”.
Nikolai Ogoobyak (33) served 13 years of a 20-year prison sentence for murdering four Russian teenagers in ritual killings before being released and conscripted into Putin’s army
Victims Olya Pukhova and Andrei Sorokin are together in the photo
Anya Gorokhova (left) and Varya Kuzmina (right) were killed by a satanic group
He and six other members of the Satanic sect drugged and stabbed four victims 666 times before dismembering them in a forest in Russia’s Yaroslavl Oblast in 2008. The criminals, including Ogolonyak, recited a Satanic text found on the Internet.
The killers then allegedly lit a fire under a tree near their hut, where they cooked and ate the tongues and hearts of their victims.
Ogolonyak, who counted aloud as the victims were stabbed 666 times, was sentenced in 2010 to the harshest sentence of 20 years in prison because he was the only member of the group who was of age at the time of the murder.
Prosecutors said during the trial that sect members posed for photos with the bodies of their victims, and one allegedly “bathed” in the victims’ blood.
Ogolobyak, called a “warrior” by prosecutors during the trial, was said to be the first to attack the victims.
The first two victims of the sadistic cult were friends Anya Gorokhova and Olga Pukhova, who met members of this group at school.
On June 28, 2008, Anya and Olga, both Goths, were lured to Ogolobyak’s apartment where sect members were gathered. Here, before being taken to the forest, they were given alcohol.
Here, Satanists formed a pentagram and lit a fire in the center. One gave the signal, and at that moment the group attacked Anya and Olga with daggers, committing a terrible massacre.
Alleged sect member Anton Makovkin is said to have beheaded the girls with a machete before the group began taking photos on their phones of their severed heads.
The group then cut up the victims’ bodies and reportedly cooked both girls’ tongues and hearts before eating them in a sadistic ritual.
Ksenia Kovaleva, allegedly the girlfriend of sect member Konstantin Baranov, was then “washed” with the victims’ blood, after which the bodies of Anya and Olga were thrown into a pit dug at the back of the Ogolobak block.
The next evening, the Satanists used the same tactics again – this time against the young couple Varya Kuzmina and Andrei Sorokin.
The next evening, the Satanists used the same tactics again – this time against the young couple Varya Kuzmina and Andrei Sorokin (pictured)
An inverted cross marks the site of the ritual murder of four Russian teenagers
Murderer Nikolai Ogoobyak (left) and Alexander Voronov (right) were convicted of the 2010 murders
It is said that at one point Varya felt uncomfortable and said she wanted to leave. “When Varya tried to leave, Kovaleva distracted her, deliberately talked to her and convinced her to stay,” prosecutor Elena Smirnova told 76.ru.
Varya calmed down, but within minutes the Satanists attacked her and Andrei with knives. Andrei tried to fight back but was stabbed along with Varya.
Like Anya and Olga, the couple was beheaded and their bodies were quartered.
One sect member reportedly later told police that Ogoobyak stabbed Andrei 666 times and counted each blow aloud. He would be the one who would cut the throats of the victims during the attack.
Investigators searched for the victims after they were reported missing, but the investigation was hampered by the fact that the bodies had been dismembered.
However, their bodies were discovered by police in August 2008, before eight gang members were arrested. The body of a small rodent crucified on an inverted cross was also found at the scene.
When asked what prompted him to do this, one of the gang members allegedly replied: “I tried to turn to God, but it didn’t make me any money.
“I prayed to Satan and things got better.”
After eight people were arrested in connection with the murders, police determined that all four victims had called the apartment of Ogolonyak, a former church chorister.
Officers discovered body parts of the victims in a pit located 250 m from the Ogolobyaka block.
A woman who worked as one of Ogolonyak’s teachers at the time of the murder recalls her shock when she learned about the charges against him.
“Those who knew him in college, the teachers, couldn’t believe he had done something like that. He was quiet, with limited intellectual abilities. For a long time we didn’t believe it was him,” she said, adding that he had a “difficult family life.”
But now Ogoobyak, convicted of murdering two people and desecrating their bodies, has been pardoned by Putin after six months spent in Ukraine.
The convicted person can be pardoned and released only with Putin’s personal signature. The dictator has freed thousands of murderers and rapists, but Ogolobyak is the first known Satanist cannibal to be pardoned.
Ksenia Kovaleva (pictured), reportedly the girlfriend of sect member Konstantin Baranov, was then “washed” with the victims’ blood, after which the bodies of Anya and Olga were thrown into a pit dug at the back of the Ogolobak block.
Ogolonyak was wounded in the war, but now he is free, his father admitted.
“It’s true,” he said. “He served there for six months in Storm Z after he got wounded [he is] off. He can walk, but the wound was serious. He is recovering.
– It’s unlikely they’ll take him to hospital [war] Again. He returned on November 2.
The remaining Satanists were under 18 years old and received lighter sentences.
Sect members Konstantin Baranov and Alexander Voronov were imprisoned for ten years in the colony of the general regime, Alexei Soloviev and Alexei Chistyakov for nine years, and Ksenia Kovalyova for eight years.
Sergei Karpenko was sentenced to two years in a penal colony, and Anton Makovkin was diagnosed with schizophrenia and forced psychiatric treatment was recommended.
Satanist Ogolobyak – who received the longest prison sentence – currently lives with his mother. Details of his war service and wounds have not been released.
The release of rapists and murderers after fighting for Putin is causing growing concern in regions across Russia.
More than 30 people have already been killed by pardoned, returning convicts released from prison to fight in the war.
Of the convicts who died, Putin said: “They gave their lives for the Fatherland and atoned for their sins.”
But he is a free man.
Russian officials hailed the army of convicts – many of whom had fought on the side of Wagner’s mercenaries – as heroes.