Early prison release for Russian photographer who killed his model wife is overturned


A Russian photographer who was convicted of killing and torching his model wife has been ordered to stay in jail after his early release was overturned following a public outcry.

Dmitry Loshagin, 44, was jailed in 2015 after breaking the neck of Yulia Loshagina, 26, on the rooftop of their $1million penthouse in Yekaterinburg in August two years earlier.

A court ruled the convicted killer could be released three years early but prosecutors have backed Yulia’s family and overturned the decision and he will remain behind bars. 

A court ruled photographer Dmitry Loshagin (right), 44, must remain in jail to see out his sentence after being convicted of killing his model wife Yulia Loshagina's (left)

A court ruled photographer Dmitry Loshagin (right), 44, must remain in jail to see out his sentence after being convicted of killing his model wife Yulia Loshagina’s (left)

Yulia had been pictured by her husband for glamour magazines in Russia. 

After quarrelling at a party in 2013, Loshagin lashed out at his wife, breaking her neck, and she was never seen again, judge Alexandra Evladova said, who sentenced him to almost ten years in jail.   

A first trial acquitted him, but he was convicted at a second hearing even though he never admitted his guilt.

Evidence at both trials said Yulia was ‘violently raped’ an hour before her death.

There were unproven claims that he had killed Mrs Loshagina (pictured) because he believed she had a lover and feared she had infected him with HIV

There were also allegations that she died during a bizarre sex session with Loshagin

There were unproven claims that he had killed Mrs Loshagina (pictured) because he believed she had a lover and feared she had infected him with HIV 

A court ruled the convicted killer could be released three years early but prosecutors have backed Yulia's family (pictured on the night of her death)

A court ruled the convicted killer could be released three years early but prosecutors have backed Yulia’s family (pictured on the night of her death)

After her body was torched, her face and hands were so badly disfigured that her body could only be identified by DNA evidence.

There were unproven claims that he had killed her because he believed she had a lover and feared she had infected him with HIV.

There were also allegations that she died during a bizarre sex session with Loshagin.

Reports in newspapers said Yulia was killed by a professional assassin hired by her alleged lover, an unnamed ‘elderly’ state official whose identity was hidden, amid fears their relationship would be revealed.

The model was allegedly killed on the stairs (pictured) of Loshagin's rooftop penthouse in Yekaterinburg

The model was allegedly killed on the stairs (pictured) of Loshagin’s rooftop penthouse in Yekaterinburg

After her body was torched, her face and hands were so badly disfigured that her body could only be identified by DNA evidence

After her body was torched, her face and hands were so badly disfigured that her body could only be identified by DNA evidence

Russian detectives discounted claims she had a secret boyfriend despite Loshagin giving them the name of a man he suspected she was seeing.

‘They didn’t pay attention,’ he said.

‘As an investigator told me: “According to our statistics, as a rule, a husband kills. So, you’ll be in jail”.’

Loshagin’s release was blocked after the victim’s mother Svetlana Ryabova told the judge: ‘Your Honour, there is nothing worse than burying your children.

‘I remember how they lived, how Loshagin treated her.

Loshagin (left) lashed out at his wife (right), and broke her neck, said judge Alexandra Evladova, in convicting him of murder in 2015, when he was sentenced to almost ten years in jail

Loshagin (left) lashed out at his wife (right), and broke her neck, said judge Alexandra Evladova, in convicting him of murder in 2015, when he was sentenced to almost ten years in jail

Russian detectives discounted claims Mrs Loshagin (pictured) had a secret boyfriend despite Loshagin giving them the name of a man he suspected she was seeing

Russian detectives discounted claims Mrs Loshagin (pictured) had a secret boyfriend despite Loshagin giving them the name of a man he suspected she was seeing

‘He is a terrible person. There is no certainty that he will not commit another such crime.’

A state prosecutor agreed there were ‘no grounds’ for the convicted murderer’s early release.

In court earlier he had rejected that he needed to change and reform himself in prison.

He was quoted as saying: ‘Why should I improve? I do not need it. I am fine.’

Loshagin's release was blocked after a campaign by the victim's mother Svetlana Ryabova (left) and brother Mikhail (right)

Loshagin’s release was blocked after a campaign by the victim’s mother Svetlana Ryabova (left) and brother Mikhail (right)

Loshagin’s lawyer said he had paid financial compensation to his wife’s family, and said it was safe to release him to live at his mother’s home.

Rita Grachyova, who became a campaigner for women’s rights after her then husband chopped off her hands with an axe, said Logashin should have served at least 20 years.

She condemned ‘soft’ sentences and early releases in domestic abuse cases in Russia. 



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