A post-holiday bus argument between two women in southern Moscow ended in one of them stabbed to death by a kebab skewer, police said on Saturday.
Media and police reports did not specify why the two women, whose names were withheld, were arguing on a crowded bus in the Tsaritsyno district on Friday evening.
However, the discussion ended with one woman pulling out a skewer and stabbing the other in the back, city police said on their website on Saturday.
The bus driver immediately blocked the doors and called the police, the report said.
The 52-year-old victim was hospitalized, but died within hours, Lifenews.ru online tabloid said.
A case was opened on charges of inflicting grave bodily harm resulting in death, punishable with up to 15 years in prison, Lifenews.ru said, citing the Moscow branch of the Investigative Committee.
Russia marks two separate holidays in the first ten days of May. The traditional way to celebrate them is to travel to the countryside to roast shashlik, or skewered meat, usually consumed with alcohol.