Russia Instagram influencer: Suspect confesses to Moscow murder

Ekaterina KaraglanovaImage copyright katti_loves_life/Instagram
Image caption Ekaterina Karaglanova, a graduate doctor, was a popular social media personality

A suspect questioned over the death of a Russian Instagram influencer whose body was discovered in a suitcase in Moscow has confessed to her murder.

Maxim Gareev told police he stabbed Ekaterina Karaglanova, 24, “at least five times in the neck and chest”.

Ms Karaglanova’s body was discovered by her parents and landlord in the hallway of her apartment on Friday after she was not heard from for several days.

She had a large social media following and had recently graduated as a doctor.

Seen in a video released by Russia’s Investigative Committee, 33-year-old Mr Gareev told officers that he lashed out at his former girlfriend Ms Karaglanova after she “repeatedly insulted and humiliated” him. “I could not stand it,” he said.

The exact circumstances of Mr Gareev’s confession, and whether he had legal representation, were not clear from the video released by police.

Investigators earlier said that CCTV footage had captured an ex-boyfriend of Ms Karaglanov briefly visiting her property in the days around her disappearance.

According to a report in the Russian daily Moskovsky Komsomolets (MK), Ms Karaglanov had recently started a new relationship and had planned a holiday to The Netherlands to celebrate her birthday on 30 July.

She was a prominent social media personality, regularly sharing images of herself with her 85,000 Instagram followers.

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