The accused, identified as Natalia Vazina, 33, took the extreme step because she was ashamed of "living in sin", as she had recently turned "religious".
A woman, a millionaire's mistress, has been accused of trying to kill her children after she stripped them naked and took them to bury in a forest in -15C snow, according to The Sun. The accused, identified as Natalia Vazina, 33, took the extreme step because she was ashamed of "living in sin", as she had recently turned "religious", Russian police said. Reports said that the woman was also naked while she walked with her three children into the freezing woods near Moscow.
The four of them were rescued, thanks to a dog walker who spotted them late on Thursday, 11th February, and immediately called the cops. The three children have been identified as 10-year-old Grigory, two-year-old Lazar, and 11-month-old Marfa. All of them reportedly suffered frostbite and hypothermia and would have died if they were not spotted by the dog walker. Their mother also suffered frostbite to her back, legs, and feet. The family is currently receiving treatment at a hospital and cops say her bright orange car helped cops identify them quickly.
Natalia Vazina: Millionaire's 'lover' strips her 3 kids naked, walks them in -15C snow to stop 'living in sin' https://t.co/vR0pJ50Yq6— Derrick Obeng Acheampong (@DerrickObengAc1) February 15, 2021
Local media suggests that Vazina and prominent jeweler Ilya Klyuev are in a romantic relationship despite the 43-year-old millionaire being married with four children. The woman worked for his jewelry store Cluev and their alleged relationship had started a few years ago. Despite Klyuev being legally married to his wife, he still pays for a luxury apartment for Vazina and her kids in the New Moscow suburb. The millionaire is said to be the father of Lazar and Marfa, too.
Vazina’s apartment is close to the area where she along with the children were found in the snow in the village of Sosenskoye. Reports suggest that the mother had become “religious” and was unhappy about “living in sin”, which eventually resulted in a breakdown in their relationship. The tragic reportedly left Klyuev “shocked”, who visited the four in the hospital. The millionaire has also offered to take custody of all the kids, including Grigory.
However, when he was asked if the other two children are his own, he replied, “You know, these questions are awkward to answer.” Also, he cleared the air about his relationship with Vazina and said, “You never know what they write there, I cannot say. This is some kind of misinformation. I know this woman, she worked for us a long time ago. Of course, we won’t leave the children.”
It was also reported that Vladimir Putin’s children’s ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova also visited the affected family in the hospital. Kuznetsova later said, “I managed to talk to the elder boy. He suffered the most because he walked barefoot in the snow. His feet have to be treated seriously and the forecasts (from doctors) are cautious. The kids are wonderful, the older one is open, caring. He told me how he comforted his little sister in his arms because she doesn't like to sleep in a crib."
"The doctors told me how the children are close to each other, but I saw it right away.” Vazina reportedly defended her actions by saying that something was put in her food, which was what prompted her to do something this extreme. Police have launched a criminal case against her for attempted murder and she will also be provided with a mental health evaluation.
9th of March 1977 Ilya Klyuev was born, the founder of the jewelry brand CLUEV. He opens the first jewelry shops in Italy and Switzerland. Read more https://t.co/pqp3oCvJcQ #CLUEV #luxury #jewelry #heritage @cluev_jewellery pic.twitter.com/CkX0ywpheW— EuropeanLife (@EuropeanLife) July 2, 2018
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