A man arrested over the murder of a social media star whose body was found in a suitcase with her throat slit has confessed to her murder, according to Russian officials.
Model Ekaterina Karaglanova, 24, who had more than 80,000 followers on Instagram, was discovered with knife wounds last Saturday in her rented apartment in Moscow by landlord after her parents had been unable to contact her.
In a video released by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the country’s top law enforcement body, Maxim Gareyev allegedly confessed to stabbing Ms Karaglanova “at least five times with a knife in the neck and chest”.
In the footage released on YouTube, the 33-year-old suspect said: “She repeatedly insulted me, humiliated my sexual dignity.
“I could not stand it. I stabbed her at least five times with a knife in her neck and chest. I regret it. I will cooperate with the investigation.”
The circumstances of the confession, and whether the suspect had a lawyer present, are not clear from the video.
After allegedly killing the 24-year-old, Gareyev said he placed her naked body in the suitcase, according to Russian paper Moskovsky Komsomolets.
The murder of Ms Karaglanova, who had the Instagram handle katti_loves_life, allegedly happened on Monday 22 June, which was the last time that Karaglanova’s family heard from her.
The following Saturday, her parents arrived at the property and her landlord opened the door where her body was discovered.
In a court appearance on Thursday, Gareyev apologised to Ms Karaglanova’s parents and told reporters “I am ashamed of myself,” according to Moskovsky Komsomolets.
The news outlet also reported that Gareyev’s lawyer said his client will be evaluated by a mental health expert.
The 24-year-old model, who had recently graduated as a doctor, had just begun a new relationship and was planning a holiday to the Netherlands to celebrate her birthday, according to Moskovsky Komsomolets.
Ms Karaglanova’s most recent post was from the Greek island of Corfu on 22 July, accompanied by the caption: “That was the end of our short, but very fun trip to Corfu.
“It was very opportune for a few days to escape from the torrential rains and cold to the Ionian Sea.”
Earlier in the month, she described her journey into medicine, and said that she was undertaking an internship in dermatology, venereology and oncology.