A part-time taxi driver was caught by police trying to pay £ 13,000 to have his ex-wife killed after officers staged a fake murder scene.
Alexander Krasavin, 54, was detained in Russia after his ex-husband took part in a staged ‘murder’ staged by police to make her look like she had been killed as he wished.
Police said the ploy had worked when Krasavin, after seeing pictures of the ‘dead woman’ and receiving an agreed text message about ‘You have a dental visit’, paid the rest of the agreed fee to the co-worker he had hired as assassin.
At that moment, the officers moved in when his car restrained him and handcuffed him.
A part-time taxi driver was caught by police trying to pay £ 13,000 to have his ex-wife killed after officers staged a fake murder scene (pictured)
Police secretly took Nina from her home and transported her to a professional cinema make-up artist who made it look as if she had actually been killed so that fake photographs could be taken
Krasavin’s ex-wife Nina, 46, had been taken to cinema make-up specialists, so it looked like her neck had been cut.
She later said she was shocked and stunned by his behavior and that even though they were divorced, she thought they had a good relationship with raising their daughter, nine.
‘I can not believe that all this is possible – I still had feelings for him,’ she said. ‘And I’m not afraid I could be dead, but I’m afraid he planned all this …
‘He saw my photo look dead – and did he accept it? He believed I was killed and thought – thank God?
‘What about our daughter? How could he live with this strain? ‘
Nina later said she was shocked and stunned by her ex-husband’s behavior and that even though they were divorced, she thought they had a good relationship raising their daughter, nine
Pictured: Krasavin and Nina looked back together when they were married
Krasavin worked as a bus technician and taxi driver part time in St. Petersburg.
Police say he had asked a colleague to kill his ex-wife, and the man first thought it was a joke.
When Krasavin kept asking him, he went to the police and a plan was laid out to delay the murder in order to catch him.
The ex-husband took out a £ 15,000 bank loan and paid his colleague £ 3,000 for ‘expenses’ to prepare for the murder and agreed to pay an additional £ 10,000 when the murder was completed.
He kept an additional £ 2,000 to himself.
In footage, Krasavin said he would work as a taxi driver on the day chosen for the killing – Monday this week – to obtain an alibi.
Nina said police arrived unannounced at her home and forcibly took her to a make-up artist in a movie studio.
She could not believe what she was told.
‘I spent the whole day in the criminal investigation department thinking this was a joke,’ she said.
The operation was so secret that Nina was barred from contact with her children, two of them from her previous relationship, and they reported her missing to the police – who began a search.
When the arrest of Krasavin was made, police officers forced him to stop his car before they were ‘knocked’ to the ground and handcuffed
‘I just did not believe what was happening,’ she said. ‘I still want to look at Alexander and ask if it’s all true?’
She ‘blamed herself’ because their relationship broke up over strains with her older children from a previous marriage, she told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.
They lived close to each other.
She denied his allegations that there were problems spending time with their daughter after the split.
In the past, their ‘love at first sight’ relationship had been good, she said.
‘Love, we had it all,’ she said. ‘And he ruined both his life and my feelings.
Nina denied her allegations that there were problems with spending time with their daughter (pictured, with Krasavin) 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 also think it’s my fault he ordered the murder.
‘I do not even resent him.
‘I have no idea what it will be like for him in prison. It hurts me a lot that he wants to be there. I cried when they showed me the video of him being detained.
‘I could not see him being knocked to the ground. The fact that he was lying on the ground already hurt me. ‘
She said he had not accepted when she went to court for an increase in alimony to support their daughter.
He had switched from being a bus driver to a lower-paid technician to reduce his pay, she said.