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TV show may be axed after love drama ends in murder

An association of television viewers in the Spanish province of Valencia is demanding that a popular TV talk show is taken off the air. It follows the murder of Russian woman, who was fatally stabbed just days after she rejected an on-air marriage propos

The woman, who has only been identified as Svetlana, died on November 19 in an Alicante hospital from a knife wound to the neck.  She leaves a five-year-old son. The boy, whose father is not Navarro, is in the care of Spanish authorities.

Spanish newspapers said 30-year-old Svetlana knew that her ex-boyfriend Ricardo was a dangerous man. The press claims her boyfriend had a violent temper and treated her badly. After four years together, Svetlana turned to the Spanish authorities, saying her boyfriend repeatedly assaulted her, and she needed protection.

The police in Alicante are holding Ricardo in connection with the murder.

According to local statistics, Svetlana could be the 69th person to die because of domestic violence this year in Spain.  Spanish media are describing 2007 as “a black year”.