A 30-year-old interpreter described as ‘cheerful’ and ‘life-loving’ was found dead at her apartment.
Kristina Novitskaya was found with a plastic bag over her head and her hands cuffed behind her back at her flat in Turkey.
Police said that the windows were secured and the front door was locked with the key inside.
Authorities believe that Ms. Novitskaya took her own life as there was no trace of struggle but her friends said that she wouldn’t have committed suicide.
Some reports say that she had become suicidal and depressed over the pandemic.
Her friends also said the 30-year-old was ‘secretive’ about her life in Turkey, where she worked as a dance instructor and interpreter.
Speaking to Obozrevatel media in Kyiv, a friend said: “We do not believe that she committed suicide.”
According to local media reports, police believe that Ms. Novitskaya had become depressed but the exact cause of death hasn’t been revealed.
Her body was found on a chair in the middle of a room. Her hands were cuffed behind her back and her head was wrapped in a plastic bag.
A scarf, ropes, and charcoal were also found at the scene.
“True she didn’t post about her love life on social media, but she was always so open, so full of life and happy,” a friend said.
“She was an incredibly kind, open-hearted, sweet person who would never get into a conflict and always helped others,” another expressed.
“She was quite secretive about her private life. Everyone who knew Kristina is deeply shocked. We do not believe that she committed suicide.”
One friend added: “Kristina had family, and her mother is in Kiev. There was always another route to take which was to return home. Turkey had quite a spell of lively times when tourists returned in summer, Kristina would have found a job.
“I don’t believe in these versions. I think they are trying to cover up for someone important.”
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