Russian Boy Critical After Stabbing at Greek Resort

ATHENS, May 16 (RIA Novosti) – An 11-year-old Russian boy remains in critical condition in a hospital in the Greek capital Athens after he was stabbed 21 times while vacationing with his family on the island of Crete.

Nikita Onishchenko from Moscow, who was on vacation with his mother and a younger brother, went missing late on Tuesday. He was found hours later in a parking lot near the hotel with multiple knife wounds in his back, chest and hands.

He was airlifted from Crete to Athens, where he underwent surgery on Wednesday. The boy remains in a critical condition but his life is not in danger, doctors said, adding they were particularly concerned with a spinal injury he sustained in the attack.

Police have detained a 20-year-old Dutch man working as an entertainer at a hotel in the seaside town of Anissaras, where the Onishchenkos were staying.

Police said the suspect took the boy to a parking lot and stabbed him after Onishchenko realized the Dutchman had stolen his laptop and a mobile telephone.

The suspect was arrested on a charge of attempted murder. He will be summoned on Thursday by a prosecutor in the city of Heraklion, where he will be officially charged.

The Russian Investigative Committee said on Thursday it had asked the Greek authorities for detailed information on the incident.


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