Police have prosecuted a man after using his ex-wife to help him catch him in an alleged plot to get her killed over their custody battle.
A mother staged her own death and sent pictures of her “corpse” to snatch her ex-husband after he paid a murderer $ 23,500 to kill her.
Alexander Krasavin was arrested in Russia after his former partner Nina took part in a staged “murder” organized by the police to make it look as if she had been killed as he allegedly ordered.
Nina, 46, was taken to cinema make-up specialists so it seemed that her wounds were real.
The trick worked, police said, because after seeing pictures of the “dead woman” and receiving an agreed text message “you have a dental visit”, he gave the rest of the fee to the co-worker he had hired as an assassin.
The police then moved in to stop the 54-year-old’s car to handcuff him.
Krasavin, a taxi driver, had reportedly taken out a bank loan to finance the intended contract murder of his ex-husband “so that he could raise their daughter” and not pay her maintenance, police said.
His ex-wife, Nina, said she was shocked by his alleged behavior, even though they were divorced, she thought they had good relationships when raising their nine-year-old daughter.
“I can not believe that all this is possible – I still had feelings for him,” she admitted.
“And I’m not afraid I might be dead, but I’m afraid he planned all this.
“He saw that my photo looked dead – and he accepted it? He thought I was killed and thought – thank goodness?
“How is our daughter? How could he live with this burden? ”
Krasavin worked as a part-time bus technician and taxi driver in St. Petersburg, and police say he had asked a colleague to kill his ex-wife, and the man first thought it was a joke.
When Krasavin continued to question him, he went to the police, and a plan was made to fake the murder to catch him.
The ex-husband reportedly took out a bank loan of $ 27,500 and paid his colleague $ 5,000 for “expenses” that prepared for the murder and agreed to pay another $ 1,800 when the murder was completed.
He needed another $ 4,000 for himself.
In recordings, Krasavin said he would work as a taxi driver on the day chosen for the murder – Monday of the week – to provide an alibi.
Nina said that the police arrived at her home unannounced and forcibly took her away to a makeup artist in a film-making studio. She said she could not believe what she heard about the planned murder.
“I spent the whole day in the criminal investigation department thinking it was a joke,” she said.
The operation was so secret that Nina blocked contact with her children, including two from her previous relationship, and they reported her missing to the police – who began a search.
“I just did not believe what happened,” she said.
“I still want to look at Alexander and ask if this is true?”
Nina “blamed herself” because their relationship broke out over stress with her older children from a previous marriage, she told Komsomolskaya Pravda.
She denied his claims that there were problems with her daughter after the split and added that their relationship had been good until it ended.
“I do not even have any grudge against him,” Nina added.
“I have no idea what it will be like for him in prison. It hurts me a lot that he will be there.
“I cried when they showed me the video of him being arrested.
“The fact that he was lying on the ground already hurt me.”
She said he had not agreed when she went to court for an increase in maintenance to support their daughter.
He had changed from being a bus driver to a lower-paid technician to reduce his pay, she said.