Russian cab driver Alexander Krasavin, 54, arrested this week in a scheme to buy the contract killing of his ex-wife
After Russian police staged the murder scene to trick him into thinking hitman had slit his ex-wife’s throat
Alex Krasavin took out a $20,240 bank loan to finance a hit on his ex-wife 46-year-oldNina
He solicitated a workmate to murder his estranged wife Nina with whom he shhares a nine-year-old daughter
The alleged gunman contact police who set up the sting
Russian police created a bogus staged the murder of Nina, Krasavin’s ex-wife to trick him
The 54-year-old part-time taxi driver had asked a colleague to murder Nina, 46
Police used a makeup artist to make it appear as though Nina had been killed
After receiving photos of the purported murder, Krasavin withdrew $17,787 to pay for the killing
At this point, officers swooped in and put Krasavin in handcuffs to arrest him
A part-time taxi driver was caught in a police sting as he was about to pay $17,787 to have his ex-wife killed, after officers staged a fake murder scene.
Alexander Krasavin, 54, was taken into custody in Russia after the target of the murder-for-hire plot, his former spouse cooperated with detectives in a charade staged to her own ‘murder’. Police created the scene to look like she had been killed as he had ordered.
According to Police, the ploy worked, as Krasavin, after seeing photographs of the ‘dead woman’ and receiving an agreed text message of ‘You have a dentist’s appointment’, paid the balance of the agreed fee to the work mate he had hired as assassin.
At that moment, officers moved in stop his car detain him and put him in handcuffs.
Police officers had stealthily transported the target from her home to a professional make-up artist to create the illusion of a murder victim, after which photographs off the bogus narrative was produced.
Krasavin’s ex-wife Nina Krasavina , 46, had been taken to a big-screen make-up specialists so it appeared her throat had been slit.
The stunned target later expressed shock at the behavior of her former husband, considering that although they were divorced, she thought they had a good relationship raising their daughter, now nine.
‘I can’t believe that all this is possible – I still had feelings for him, she said. ‘And I’m not afraid that I could be dead, but I am afraid that he planned all this…
‘He saw my photo looking dead – and he accepted it? He believed that I was killed and thought – thank God?
‘What about our daughter? How could he live with this load?’
Krasavin worked as a bus technician, and a taxi-driver part time in St Petersburg.
Police say he had asked a colleague to kill his ex-wife, and the man initially thought it was a joke.
When Krasavin kept asking him, he went to the police, and a plan was hatched to fake the killing to entrap him.
The Krasavin took a $20,524 bank loan and paid his colleague $4,104 for ‘expenses’ preparing the murder, agreeing to pay another $13, 682 when the murder was completed.
He kept another $2,736 for himself.
In recordings, Krasavin said he would work as a taxi driver on Monday this week, the day chosen for the hit, to provide an alibi.
Nina said police arrived unannounced at her home, taking her away by force to a make-up artist at a movie-making studio.
She could not believe what she was told.
‘I spent the whole day in the criminal investigation department with the thought that this was a joke,’ she said.
The operation was so secret that Nina was barred contact with her children, including two from her previous relationship, and they reported her missing to police – who began a search.
Nina denied his claims that there were problems spending time with their daughter after the split.
‘I feel sorry for him as a woman, that he did not have a long-term relationship. And I blame myself for that. I think it’s my fault, too, that he ordered the murder.
‘I don’t even have a grudge against him.
‘I have no idea what it will be like for him in prison. It hurts me a lot from the fact that he will be there. I cried when they showed me the video of him being detained.
‘I could not watch him being knocked down on the ground. The fact that he was lying on the ground already hurt me.’
She said he had not agreed when she went to court for a raise in alimony to support their daughter.
He had switched from being a bus driver to a technician on lower pay to reduce his payment, she said.