A Troubled Russian Oleh Stabs His Wife to Death

An immigrant from the former Soviet Union who had been ordered to stay away from his wife knifed her to death in Haifa on Monday as their 11-year-old son tried to stop the attack.

Anatoly Zubkov, who immigrated to Israel two years ago, had been ordered by police to stay away from his wife’s home after a complaint was filed that he was beating her.

Despite the order, Zubkov forced his way into the apartment early Monday morning. Seizing knives from the kitchen, he stabbed his wife, Kira, repeatedly as she lay in bed.

Awakened by the noise, their son tried to pull his father away but, failing to do so, jumped through the ground-floor window and called the police.

Officers were on the spot at the house in Kiryat Ata in Haifa Bay within minutes. They found Zubkov standing by his wife’s body, with the knives still in his hands.

Anatoly had complained that his wife was having an affair with another man.

In related news, a survey carried out by the Kupat Holim Psychiatric Hospital in Jerusalem shows that some 40 percent of immigrants from the former Soviet Union describe themselves as being depressed.

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