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Man sentenced in Hanoi for murder in Russia 15 years ago

By Ha Nguyen   October 23, 2019 | 06:08 pm PT
Man sentenced in Hanoi for murder in Russia 15 years ago
Hoang Ngoc Kien at a trial in Hanoi on October 23, 2019 for a murder he committed in Russia 15 years ago. Photo by VnExpress/Ha Nguyen.
A Hanoi court sentenced a Vietnamese man to 13 years in prison on Wednesday for killing a man 15 years ago in a fight in Russia.

It found Hoang Ngoc Kien, 57, guilty of "murder."

In 1987, Kien had gone to Russia to work in a factory. In 1997, he met Russian woman Gerasimova Inna Andeevna, and the two lived together.

Once in 2004 the couple entertained some friends at home. After dinner, a guest named Sergei Mikhailovich Kardanov, 61, got into a minor argument with Inna and kicked her, causing her to fall. Kien intervened to protect her and the two men got into a fight.

Kien frantically waved a knife at Kardanov, and stabbed him.

Kien returned to Vietnam soon afterward, but only reported the killing to the police in 2018.

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