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Who was Artem Kazantsev? Neo-Nazi gunman kills 13 during Columbine-inspired Russian school shooting

Artem Kazantsev: Police officers secure the area near a school in Izhevsk after a gunman opened fire there. Photo: Reuters
Police officers secure the area near a school in Izhevsk after a gunman opened fire there. Photo: Reuters

On 26 September 2022, a Neo-Nazi gunman identified as Artem Kazantsev entered School No. 88 in Izhevsk, Udmurtia in west-central Russia and opened fire with two pistols, killing 13 people and wounding at least 21 others.

Officials state that those killed include seven students, two teachers, and two security guards.

Kazantsev, who was wearing a balaclava and a T-shirt with a swastika at the time of the attack, subsequently committed suicide.

Weapons found on Artem Kazantsev

The weapons found with him had braided key chains that made clear he was inspired by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold — who also killed 13 during a 1999 assault on Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.

One had the word “Columbine” in English, while the other had “Eric” and “Dylan,” according to photos shared by the ASTRA news agency.

He also appeared to have several pistol magazines with him, with the word “hatred” scrawled in red, according to the outlet.

Izhevsk, a city of 640,000, is located west of the Ural mountains in central Russia.

Who was Artem Kazantsev?

According to the Investigative Committee, the shooter was Artem Kazantsev, born in 1988, a native of Izhevsk and a former student of the school.

It was reported that Artem Kazantsev, 34, was wearing a T-shirt with Nazi symbols and a balaclava.

Artem was registered in a psycho-neurological dispensary.

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