Support The Moscow Times!

Woman Kills 11-Year-Old Son For Changing Internet Settings

A Russian woman who killed her 11-year-old son then chopped up his body because he changed her Internet settings has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison, investigators have said.

The 34-year-old woman from Ufa confessed to investigators that she smacked the boy several times with a rolling pin as punishment because his action prevented her from going online.

When she realized that he was dead, she decided to dismember his body and hide it in an abandoned cellar near their home, she told authorities.

However, investigators believe that the boy died not from blunt trauma but from a series of stab wounds.

The mother was sentenced to 12 years, 10 months in a penal colony on Monday after a psychiatric evaluation deemed that she was fit to stand trial.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.