A sex worker whose body was found in a suitcase a year after she was killed predicted her own death in a chilling video she filmed in secret and sent to a friend just days before she went missing.
Russian escort Gretta Vedler, 23, went missing in February 2021 while she was staying at a Moscow hotel, just before she was due to leave Russia to start a new life in Bali.
Her panicked pleas to hotel reception are heard in the clip where she says that she was threatened with murder, and that her boyfriend Dmitry Korovin would be her future killer.
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Her body was eventually found in a suitcase inside a car in a garage on the outskirts of a village near Lipetsk, 400 kilometres (249 miles) from the Russian capital, in Korovin's parents' garage.
The footage she shot appears to have been recorded on Gretta's mobile phone, held under the reception counter so hotel staff could not see it.
In the footage, she can be heard saying: "I'm from number 708. I was screaming, I was threatened with murder, but no one came to my rescue.
"Why? You understand that if something happens to me…"
The hotel manager then says something inaudible before Gretta continues: "Remember, his name…"
She then named her boyfriend several times as her future killer.
The friend – not named in local media – said: "I met Korovin several times. I didn't like him at all.
"Firstly, it is immediately clear that this person is unpredictable, unprincipled and dangerous."
The friend said Korovin took advantage of the fact that she made a lot of money.
Gretta complained to her friends that Korovin would constantly ask her for money and fail to pay her back.
Her friend said: "Dima had a problem. Drugs. Gretta did different substances with him for a while, but then stopped."
But despite his huge debt to her – RUB 1 million (£15,200), according to reports – she did not break off the relationship.
Korovin told the police that on the day of the model's death, the couple had argued about Gretta's clients.
Korovin, who was drunk at the time, claimed that he lunged at her and ended up strangling her before he passed out.
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He said that when he came to, he found her cold on the bed.
He said that he packed her into the suitcase and left Moscow with it, keeping it in his parents' garage for a year.
An investigator revealed that Korovin told him: "I couldn't bring myself to bury Gretta somewhere in the woods, like some kind of dog.
"We were close to her, I couldn't do that to her!" He is set to undergo a forensic psychiatric assessment.
In a statement, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the City of Moscow said it was investigating a man accused of murder.
The statement continued: "The defendant fully admitted his guilt, explaining to the investigator that he strangled his girlfriend as a result of a conflict that arose due to financial and domestic disagreements.
"After committing the crime, the accused hid the body in a suitcase and moved it to the territory of the city of Lipetsk, where he lived."
The criminal investigation is ongoing.
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