Yulia Romanova



Malchik (Мальчик; 1996 – December 2001) was a black mongrel stray dog living in Moscow, Russia. For about three years, Malchik lived at the Mendeleyevskaya station on the Moscow Metro. Malchik became a popular station resident among rail employees and commuters, and defended his territory against drunks and other dogs. Malchik was killed when a 22-year-old woman Yuliana Romanova stabbed him with a kitchen knife. Later it was revealed that Romanova has a long history of cruelty to animals and psychiatric treatment. The incident sparked a wave of public outrage regarding the treatment of animals, and, in 2007, a monument was erected in Malchiks honour at Mendeleyevskaya station.

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