Putin pardons killer who used meat-grinder to dispose of lover's body
Russian killer who used a meat-grinder to dispose of his 27-year-old lover’s body is pardoned and released from jail by Putin as a reward for fighting against Ukraine
- Dmitry Zelensky was serving an 11-year sentence for murdering his lover Tatiana
A Russian killer who used a meat-grinder to dispose of his lover’s body has been pardoned and released from jail by Vladimir Putin as a reward for fighting in the war against Ukraine.
Dmitry Zelensky, 41 – who has the same surname as the Ukrainian president – was serving an 11-year sentence in a high security penal colony for strangling university graduate Tatiana Melekhina, 27, to death before dismembering her body.
A law enforcement source said the ‘exceptional cruelty’ of the murder had ‘shocked even hardened detectives’.
‘He did not just dismember her body, he separated the meat and bones, and made mincemeat,’ said the source.
‘Then he washed this mincemeat down the toilet into the sewage system. He threw the bones into the river. This was his plan to hide the murder.’
Killer Dmitry Zelensky, 41, who murdered his lover Tatiana Melekhina and put her remains through a meatgrinder, has been freed from jail
Tatiana Melekhina (pictured) was murdered in a case which a law enforcement source said ‘shocked even hardened detectives’
Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin (pictured) has given the murderer a pardon for fighting in his war against Ukraine
A huge search was launched for the missing Tatiana after her father reported her disappearance.
Zelensky, from Perm, eventually confessed to killing her after an argument. He had hidden from his lover that he was married with a daughter.
When his 44-year-old wife – also called Tatiana – found out, she said: ‘I don’t know what to say now… I didn’t know he could be so cruel.’
The victim’s sister Oksana expressed outrage that the family were not told of Zelensky’s release.
‘At his trial, it was declared that we would be notified of where he was, and his movements,’ she said.
‘We were never told anything.
‘My father has written to ask for details, but no-one answers us.’
His pardon and freedom was confirmed by Zelensky’s mother, Galina. It is not known where he fought in the war.
Zelensky had hidden from his lover that he was married with a daughter (pictured together above)
A huge search was launched for the missing Tatiana (pictured) after her father reported her disappearance
His pardon and freedom was confirmed by Zelensky’s mother, Galina. It is not known where he fought in the war
Zelensky eventually confessed to killing his lover. Pictured: Floral tributes for the victim
‘My son went to the [war] for many reasons – he wanted to atone for what he had done,’ said the mother.
When Zelensky confessed to killing his lover, it emerged that he had promised her a new start in a big city.
They drove from their remote Russian town of Gubakha – but she never arrived in the regional capital of Perm.
In reality, married father Zelensky had no intention of moving permanently to Perm.
Tatiana was reported missing by her father after she failed to call him to say she had arrived.
She had promised him before leaving on the 250 mile drive: ‘I will call you as soon as I get to the city.’
Russians have expressed fears about the number of hardened criminals allowed to fight for six months for Putin – then pardoned and permitted to return to normal life, amid fears of a new crime wave.
At the start of the year, Putin started handing out medals to reward violent convicts who were recruited from Russian prisons for their ‘courageous’ fighting in Ukraine.
The Ministry of Defence announced in March that thousands of Russian convicts who fought for private mercenary army Wagner would be pardoned and released.
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