Husband Murders Wife Then 'Claims She Ran Off To Join ISIS'
Police say Shapi Shakhshaev, 37, allegedly stabbed Fatima, 30, to death and then dismembered her body in their Moscow bathroom while their three children slept.
A husband has been accused of murdering his wife - then trying to cover up her death by claiming she had run away to join ISIS.
Police say Shapi Shakhshaev, 37, allegedly stabbed Fatima, 30, to death and then dismembered her body in the bathroom while their three children slept in their beds.
He then told the cops in June that she had left Moscow with a female friend to go to Chechnya, which has a mainly Muslim population, and from there had travelled to Syria.
But after finding out from her worried family the couple were in the process of getting divorced and she was going to take the children, police searched the flat.
They uncovered the murder weapon and also traces of blood.
A police spokesman said: "We were suspicious because by all accounts she was devoted to her children and it's unlikely she would have left them with her husband even if she was leaving."
Fatima's family said she was unhappy that her husband spent too much time playing computer games and was convinced he had a lover.
He in turn had claimed she was a drug addict and they were always rowing.
Fatima's mother Raisa said: "He kept saying she was a drug addict, but it just wasn't true. Like his claim about ISIS, he was always talking rubbish. She wanted to get back to our family in Mahachkala in southern Russia, but she did not make it. He did not allow her to go.
"Poor kids. She left three kids. Two girls and a boy."
Shakhshaev is currently in custody awaiting trial.