Russian man kills neighbour in queue for toilet: report

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A Russian man was arrested after shooting dead a neighbour during an argument over whose turn it was to use a shared toilet, a police source told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.

The man, 37, who had already served a jail sentence for murder, confessed to shooting a 49-year-old guest of his neighbour in a communal flat in eastern Moscow, after an argument about whose turn it was to use the toilet.

The killer was captured by traffic police around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Moscow as he attempted to flee, the police source told Interfax.

The Investigative Committee, which investigates murders, was unable to immediately confirm the report to AFP.

Moscow still has around 50,000 rundown communal flats, where neighbours share kitchens and bathrooms. Some have as many as eight bedrooms, with each room housing a single person or a whole family.

Communal flats appeared after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, when the comfortable apartments of middle-class and wealthy families were nationalised and used to house workers, while the original owners were often left with just one room.

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