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Russian authorities have detained a man suspected of killing dozens of elderly women in several regions across Central Russia nearly a decade ago.

Russian authorities have detained a man suspected of killing dozens of elderly women in several regions across Central Russia nearly a decade ago.

Dubbed by some media outlets as the "Povolzhsky strangler" or the "Volga maniac", Radik Tagirov has been linked to murders of dozens of women.

Most of the women were strangled to death in 2011-2012 and their apartments were subsequently robbed, Russian authorities and state media previously reported.

Radik Tagirov is accused of killing dozens of elderly women.

Russia's Investigative Committee linked the suspect to 26 murders and identified him as a 38-year-old mechanic from Kazan, who previously served time for theft, according to a statement published on Tuesday.

The perpetrator posed as a social services representative or maintenance worker to gain the trust of his victims, retired women aged between 75 and 90 who lived alone, according to the Russian Interior Ministry, RIA Novosti reported.

The suspect confessed following his detention and said he attacked his first victim because he was hungry and "lived on the street", according to a video published by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday.

"[I've picked the victims] accidentally, I watched them near the markets, near the shops, [they would come out] with bags and I'd walk them home," the suspect said in the video.

"Sometimes they invited me in, sometimes I talked them into it... then I strangled them from the back and held until they fall asleep."

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The former policeman targeted women aged between 18 and 50 in the eastern Siberian region of Irkutsk.

Popkov described himself as a "cleaner" who was purging the city of prostitutes, Rossiya 1 television reported.

Mikhail Popkov described himself as a 'cleaner' who was purging the city of prostitutes. (Supplied)

"He drove out on the streets of the city at night looking for women. He either offered (his victims) a lift or the women flagged him down for a ride ... Then the crime was committed, almost always according to the same scenario," prosecutor Olga Muzykova told Rossiya 1.

"By calling himself a cleaner, he was trying to justify himself," she added.

"He was an ordinary serial killer."

Investigators had suspected a policeman was behind the crime because of the way the killer carefully covered up his tracks.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/russian-serial-killer-volga-maniac-povolzhsky-strangler-arrest-kazan/e4939685-1140-4921-a70b-f1395dc57f4f

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