A popular Instagram poster with her own make-up business strangled her two children and then burned the corpses, claiming she couldn’t support them.
Elena Karimova who had 21,000 subscribers for her online sales business, is under investigation for allegedly strangling her ‘beloved’ daughter Khadizha, 4, and two-year-old son Suleiman, in her Kia Rio.
Authorities said 27-year-old Karimova then drove to a gas station, bought lighter fluid, and drove the bodies to a forest and set fire to her dead children, before attempting to conceal her crime in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.
The self-employed woman had fallen behind with loan repayments after being divorced by her husband.
The four-year-old girl and two-year-old brother’s dead bodies were burnt in a forest, before being transported back home, the next day they were taken to a warehouse, which was then set on fire.
Divorcee Elena Karimova, who has 21,000 subscribers for her online cosmetic sales business, is being investigated for strangling her daughter, Khadizha, 4, [photo], and son Suleiman, 2, in the back seat of her rented Kia Rio sedan.
Young siblings Khadizha [left] and Suleiman are believed to have been killed after their mother fell into debt, by her own admission
Fearing she would be spotted by locals, she put the charred bodies in her car and returned home. Next day she put the corpses in an abandoned warehouse near Nizhny Novgorod and set fire to it.
Firemen initially found what appeared to be one severely burned body after extinguishing the blaze. ‘The fireman initially thought that the charred corpse belonged to a dog,’ said local resident Evgeny Katyshev.
‘But when he came up closer, he realised these was the bodies of two children.’
Karimova packed the charred remains of her two children in a suitcase, dumped it in this abandoned warehouse near Nizhny Novgorod. She then torched the building as well
Their bodies were found in an abandoned warehouse near Nizhny Novgorod and set fire to it. ‘They were in unnatural poses, and rumours spread that they had been transported in a suitcase.
‘The bodies were so damaged only one leg remained, and it was impossible to identify the gender of the corpses.’
Locals had noticed her car at the scene and police interrogated her leading to an immediate confession, say reports.
‘I couldn’t provide for my children,’ she told officers.
Later in court, where she was remanded in custody, she said: ‘I’m very sorry for what happened. I do not even know how I could go about this.’
She added: ‘I lived with my husband, and then we divorced and it became difficult to raise children.’
Instagramer, Karimova, seen here [photo], with her son Suleiman, has confessed to killing her own children and setting fire to them, after claiming she could no longer support them.
Despite her financial problems, she spend $647 a month on car rentals and took foreign holidays.
Shocked family members and friends said her action was ‘totally out of character’ and refused to believe she was capable of such barbarity.
Her mother Natalia Testenkova said: ‘We do not believe this. She is the most loving mother.
‘How could she kill her kids? We do not know what has happened, but we do not believe these are her kids that were found.’
Two weeks ago the suspect wrote on the birthday of her daughter: “You are my soul, my dearest little one, the long-awaited daughter. The one for whom I am always on my feet.
‘The one I live for. You are my copy.’