ST. PETERSBURG, October 27 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – Student Sergey Kosyrev, who stands charged with the murder of prominent Russian journalist Dmitry Tsilikin, has pleaded guilty, his attorney Iosif Gabunia told RAPSI on Thursday.

According to the lawyer, Kosyrev has also pleaded partially guilty to stealing Tsilikin’s personal possessions.

Upon the prosecutor’s request, the case is considered behind closed doors in order not to give away personal information.

The next hearing has been scheduled for November 14.

According to investigators, Tsilikin met Kosyrev online on one of the social networks. On March 27, Kosyrev visited the journalist with whom he had befriended online. Investigators allege that the student killed Tsilikin during a quarrel, stole his laptop, mobile phone, money and fled the scene.

Kosyrev, 22, was arrested on April 7 after investigators had examined Tsilikin’s conversations on one of social networks.

The body of the 54-year old journalist was found in his apartment on the night of March 31. According to preliminary findings, he died from multiple knife wounds.

Dmitriy Tsilikin was an editor of “Culture and society” section in the “Chas Pik (Peak Hour)” newspaper. He was also an author and host of multiple TV- and radio-shows, his works were published in numerous newspapers and magazines.