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Deadly Shooting In Russian Public School Prompts Push For Tighter Gun Control

Public-school shootings occur rarely in Russia, but a May 11, 2021 attack on School No. 175 in Kazan, the regional capital of Tatarstan, has undermined what sense of security parents had. Nine people, including seven children, were killed in the shooting by a suspected lone gunman. Another 21 people, including 18 children, were wounded, according to official sources.

Murder charges have been filed against a graduate of School No. 175, 19-year-old Ilnaz Galyaviyev, identified by the Interior Ministry as the only participant in the attack. Galyaviyev faces a potential life sentence, Tatarstan's Moscow representative, Ravil Akhmetshin, told reporters.

In April 2021, Galyaviyev was expelled from Tatarstan's TISBI University of Management, described as a "federal experimental platform" for disabled students and children with special needs. "Academic debt" -- apparently, a reference to academic underperformance -- was cited by the official news agency TASS as the reason.

An undated social-media photo published by Russian media allegedly shows a masked Galyaviyev in a photo with the caption "I will kill an enormous amount of biomass today and shoot myself." The photo is entitled "God."

The deputy chairman of parliament's Security and Anti-Corruption Committee, Aleksandr Khinshtein, posted on Telegram that Galyaviyev had received permission on April 28, 2021 to own a Hatsan escort PS shotgun. The source of Khinshtein's information was not clear.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has since called for tighter regulations on private ownership of such guns. For now, stated presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, only preparations for such restrictions will begin.

Currently in Russia, hunting guns can be registered that, in other countries, rank as attack weapons, Peskov noted, RIA Novosti reported.

The independent news outlet Novaya Gazeta noted that the Russian leader has called for tighter restrictions on civilian ownership of guns before -- after a 2018 school shooting in the annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea that killed 21 -- but no pervasive changes took place.