The Yaroslavsky shooting was a mass murder that occurred in Yaroslavsky, Primorsky Krai, Russia on 25 August 2002, when 40-year-old police captain Sergey Semidovskiy (Russian: Сергей Семидовский) killed five people and wounded ten others in and outside a bar with a Saiga carbine, after an argument with several customers. The drunk gunman then shot himself in the chest and was taken to a hospital in Khorol, where he tried again to commit suicide and eventually died of cardiac arrest on 27 August.[1][2][3][4]

Yaroslavsky shooting
LocationYaroslavsky, Primorsky Krai, Russia
Date25 August 2002
01:00 (VLAT)
Attack type
Mass murder, murder-suicide
WeaponsSaiga carbine
Deaths6 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorSergey Semidovskiy

As a consequence of the shooting Colonel Lebedev, head of the Khorolsky District department of internal affairs, as well as Lieutenant-Colonel Kurgeyev, head of the personnel and training department, and Lieutenant-Colonel Kotyshev, head of public security police, were dismissed, and disciplinary measures were taken against several other members of the local police.[5]


  • Alexander Kuznetsov (Александр Кузнецов), 33, died on 27 August[6]