Viktoria Basakovskaya ("Vika")Age 23
13 Oct 2020
Burmistrovo, Novosibirsk (Russia)
Strangled and mutilated
Vika was strangled by her ex-boyfriend - the police officer who reported her "missing" and then "helped" to lead the official search for her.
He even cut off one of her fingers in order to send decoy messages from her phone in an attempt to throw off the investigation.
A Russian policeman has confessed to murdering his transgender ex-girlfriend. According to reports, the officer committed murder out of jealousy, before cutting off her finger to send decoy messages from the dead woman's phone.
On October 13, the body of 24-year-old Viktoria Basakovskaya was found in the village of Burmistrovo, close to Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia and 3,000km east of Moscow. Eight days previously, a 20-year-old policeman, named only as Denis K., announced her disappearance and even helped put up flyers.
After some time, police suspicion began to focus on one of their fellow officers, Basakovskaya's ex-boyfriend. After interrogation, he confessed and revealed where he had hidden her body. According to the local investigative committee, she was found with strangulation marks on her neck.
The likely motive for the murder is jealousy, according to an investigation by local Novosibirsk newspaper ngs.ru. After speaking to a close friend of Basakovskaya, it was revealed that she met Denis K. last year. He worked as a patrol officer for the railway police. Prior to dating Denis K., Basakovskaya had a long and complicated relationship with another man, named Maxim, and Denis K. remained jealous of that relationship throughout.
"He is a mentally ill person. I do not know how he was accepted into the police," said Alina (not her real name), a friend of Basakovskaya. "The relationship between Vika and Denis was not very good… According to Vika, he sometimes beat her to such a state that she lost consciousness."