A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken
argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators
in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday.
"The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the
basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his
opponent with the help of a knife," the regional branch of the
federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.
The suspect fled his home in the town of Irbit, where the
67-year-old victim was killed after the argument on January 20,
and hid at another friend's house in a nearby village before he
was found and detained, it said.
The killing came four months after an argument over the theories
of 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in a man
being shot in a grocery store in southern Russia.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; editing by Hugh Lawson)
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