Russia isn’t a country known for its rich golfing history, and with good reason. The sport was introduced in the country only after the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
Russian golf has enjoyed some prominence in the last year thanks to the rise and performance of Maria Verchenova at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she carded a 62, the lowest score in Olympic history. However, a report emerged earlier this week that one of the country’s most prominent male golfers recently committed a gruesome crime.
Will Stewart of the Daily Mail provided the details of Artem Nesterov, the first male golfer from Russia to be named master of sport.
Russia’s first top golfer has been arrested on charges of murdering and beheading his mother with a kitchen knife. Artem Nesterov decapitated the 66-year-old woman then fled by car, crashing three times into fences, local police say. He called his wife, his sister Lydia, 30, and the police to report the gruesome killing.
The 37-year-old golfer was detained the day after he allegedly murdered Lyudmila Nesterova. He will be held for two months as investigations continue, ruled Shcherbinsky district court of Moscow. The body with a severed head nearby was found by police in a detached house in Yerino village, near Moscow. She had suffered multiple wounds including to her abdomen.
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It later emerged that the frenzied attack came after the golfer had a row with his wife, who complained to him about the amount of time he spent at work. The couple has a one-and-a-half-year-old child.
After the row, Nesterov left to visit his mother – a former tourist guide and interpreter – saying she could “comfort him.”
In 2003, Nesterov was the first Russian golfer to be awarded the title of master of sports. He was also a Russian champion in a sport that was only introduced to the country after the fall of communist rule in 1991. The sportsman had been working as a coach for ten years.
Law enforcement officials said Nesterov had confessed to the ‘intentional murder” of his mother, and was charged accordingly.
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