Moscow: A district judge and three of his family members were beheaded in a medieval-styled bloodbath in Ukraine`s Kharkov region.
Four beheaded bodies were discovered in the judge`s apartment by a relative Saturday, which was also the "Judicial Employee Day" in the country, police said.
The judge was identified as 58-year-old Vladimir Trofimov.
The other victims were his 59-year-old wife, 30-year-old son and the son`s 29-year-old girlfriend, whose names were withheld.
Police said the mass murder could have been connected to the judge`s professional activity, but reported no leads.
The most famous beheading in Ukraine`s recent history took place in 2000. Whistleblowing journalist Georgy Gongadze, who criticised then-president Leonid Kuchma for corruption, was killed.
Three police officers were convicted over Gongadze`s death, but a recent controversial ruling cleared Kuchma in the case.