A Russian Vogue model with a stabbing husband sentenced to death

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One Russian model, who appeared in fashion magazines such as Vogue, was reportedly accused of stabbing her husband to death with a kitchen knife.

Russian media reports say Lilia Sudakova, 26, could spend up to 15 years in a Russian prison for allegedly killing her husband Sergei Popov, 28.

Sudakova allegedly stabbed Popov in the heart during an argument in an apartment they rented on November 28 on Gagarinskaya Street in St. Petersburg.

She immediately called an ambulance, and Popov was taken to the Janelidze Research Institute of Emergency Medicine, where he died, according to Fontanka.

According to reports, she was arrested on December 1 and confessed to stabbing her four-year-old husband to death.

The footage shown online appears to show the model in a hooded jacket and face cover as police escorted her from a vehicle into a building. The clip was not verified by Washington Newsday.

She has apparently been charged with intentional grievous bodily harm and manslaughter and has been in custody for two months.

Her mother Irena Sudakova, 48, told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that her daughter was the long-time victim of domestic violence and acted in self-defense when she killed Popov.

The model – who works professionally under the name Lila Sudakova – appeared in Russian Vogue and in magazines in Italy, China and Japan, as well as in advertising campaigns for Russian clothing brands.

 

Washington Newsday has asked the Russian Ministry of the Interior to comment.

What we know so far

According to reports, the incident took place in the couple’s vacation home in Serpukhov near Moscow.

Sudakova’s mother Irena told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that Popov was abusive and an alcoholic who became violent when he drank.

She told the newspaper that another witness in the apartment said that he drunk brought home a woman he met in a bar and expected his wife to cook for her.

She said Popov apparently grabbed Sudakova by the hair and kicked her in the legs.

Irena said that he had retreated to another room, but had returned soon when she was cutting vegetables for a salad. He then apparently grabbed her by the hair before she allegedly stabbed him in the chest.

According to media reports, it was not clear to the model that the injury was fatal. She immediately called an ambulance and Popov was taken to the hospital where he died.

According to Irena, Sergei was a pleasant and intelligent guy, but everything changed as soon as he came into contact with alcohol.

She said: “When he is sober, he is smart, well-read, he has an interesting story, a competent speech. He hypnotized with his mind.

“But when he is drunk, he doesn’t understand anything,” she added.

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