A Russian woman who was found stabbed to death may have been killed for transmitting the HIV virus to other people, police said.
The body of 25-year-old Tangaru Ramazanova was found wrapped in a plastic bag in the city of Kizlyar, in the Republic of Dagestan, according to the Daily Mail. She had been stabbed about 20 times and had also been hit in the face.
Investigators speculate the killer's motive might have been revenge for Ramazanova having infected a sexual partner with HIV, the Daily Mail reports.
It has not been confirmed that Ramazanova was HIV-positive. Police are currently awaiting the results of an autopsy.
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In the meantime, a formal murder investigation has been launched. Police say they plan to interview as many of Ramazanova's lovers as possible.
Experts say the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Russia is getting worse, largely due to the government's rigid adherence to traditional conservative social values, rather than education or preventive measures.
Vadim Pokrovsky, head of Russia's AIDS center, spoke about the issue in 2015.
"The last five years of the [Russian government's] conservative approach have led to the doubling of the number of HIV-infected people," he told Agence France-Presse.
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"This means that the measures being taken now are ineffective," he said.