A man who has been romantically linked to a popular Russian Instagram influencer recently found dead has allegedly admitted to being her murderer.
The body of Instagram star Ekaterina Karaglanova was found stuffed inside a suitcase in the hallway outside her apartment in Moscow on Friday, July 26, according to the BBC. She had reportedly been attacked with a knife.
A statement released by the Russian Ministry of Interior (MVD) on Wednesday indicated that a male suspect — whom officials did not name — had been arrested in connection with her gruesome murder.
Now it’s revealed that the suspect is 33-year-old Maxim Gareyev, a man reportedly romantically connected at one point to Karaglanova, the BBC reported.
He has allegedly admitted to killing her last week after she “repeatedly insulted and humiliated” him, the BBC said in a translation of a video released by Russia's Investigative Committee. Gareyev said he gave Karaglanova money whenever they met up and that their relationship turned sour after she insulted him.
"She told me that I was ugly and that even plastic [surgery] would not help me," he said. "I could not stand it.”
Karaglanova’s Instagram had over 85,000 followers. She was a dermatologist and an Instagram influencer who was often pictured visiting resorts and exotic vacation spots.
While Karaglanova is her online name, her legal name appears to be Yekaterina Semochkina.
Karaglanova had started a new romantic relationship and was preparing for a trip to celebrate her July 30 birthday before her murder, the BBC reports.
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