A Russian model who was murdered before her body was stuffed into a suitcase appears to have predicted her own death in a video she secretly filmed just days before she vanished.
Gretta Vedler, 23, was killed by her ‘jealous’ ex-boyfriend Dmitry Korovin, also 23, who confessed to the crime in March this year, more than a year after strangling her to death in a hotel room in Moscow.
He told interrogators that he slept alongside her corpse for three nights, before placing it in a newly-bought suitcase and driving her body 300 miles to the Lipetsk region, where he left it in the boot of a car in his parents’ garage.
He had packed the case with charcoal to disguise the smell and kept posting pictures and messages on the model’s social media, to make friends believe she was still alive, he told detectives.
Gretta previously grabbed headlines after it emerged she was killed a month after branding Vladimir Putin a ‘psychopath’. Although her death was unrelated to her political beliefs, she eerily said the Russian president had plans to ‘forge a larger Russia’ – seemingly foreshadowing his invasion of Ukraine.
Now new footage has emerged which shows Gretta, who worked as an escort, appearing to be aware of her own grisly fate.
Gretta Vedler (pictured), 23, was killed by her ‘jealous’ ex-boyfriend Dmitry Korovin, also 23, who confessed to the crime in March this year, more than a year after strangling her to death in a hotel room in Moscow
Korovin (pictured) told interrogators that he slept alongside Gretta’s corpse for three nights, before placing it in a newly-bought suitcase and driving her body 300 miles to the Lipetsk region, where he left it in the boot of a car in his parents’ garage
Gretta is seen recording herself on what appears to be a mobile phone she is hiding under the reception counter, out of view from hotel staff.
She can be heard saying: ‘I’m from number 708. I was screaming, I was threatened with murder, but no one came to my rescue.
The hotel manager says something inaudible before Gretta adds: ‘Remember, his name.’
She then brands boyfriend Dmitry Korovin as her future killer, repeating his name several times, reports the Sun.
The friend she sent the clip to, who has not been named by local media, said: ‘I met Korovin several times. I didn’t like him at all.
‘Firstly, it is immediately clear that this person is unpredictable, unprincipled and dangerous.
‘Secondly, I know for sure – he perfectly understood what Gretta was doing.
‘But he didn’t stop her. And even vice versa – he took advantage of the fact that she made a lot of money.’
According to friends of Gretta, the model would often complain that Korovin would ask her for money and fail to pay her back. He is said to have owed her £15,200, but she refused to break things off.
Korovin told investigators he had argued with Gretta (pictured), who worked as an escort, about her clients on the day she died
Then he drove her body 300 miles to Lipetsk region and left it in the boot of a car for more than a year
Her friend explained: ‘Dima had a problem. Drugs. Gretta did different substances with him for a while, but then stopped.’
Korovin told investigators he had argued with Gretta about her clients on the day she died.
He claimed he lunged at her and strangled her in a drunken rage and passed out, before waking up to find her cold, dead body on the bed.
It was then that he moved her in a suitcase to his parents’ garage 300 miles away, where it remained hidden for a year.
An investigator claimed Korovin, who is set to undergo a forensic psychiatric assessment, told him: ‘I couldn’t bring myself to bury Gretta somewhere in the woods, like some kind of dog.
‘We were close to her, I couldn’t do that to her.’
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the City of Moscow said: ‘On March 12, 2022, the body of a model who disappeared in Moscow in 2021 was found in the garage of a country house in the city of Lipetsk.
‘The defendant was detained in accordance with Art. 91 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation.
‘During the interrogation he fully admitted his guilt, explaining to the investigator that he strangled his girlfriend as a result of a conflict that arose due to financial and domestic disagreements.
Korovin (pictured) kept posting pictures and messages on the model’s social media, to make friends believe she was still alive, he told detectives
‘After committing the crime, the accused hid the body in a suitcase and moved it to the territory of the city of Lipetsk, where he lived.
‘Today, the investigation is petitioning the Presnensky District Court of Moscow for the election of a preventive measure in the form of detention for the defendant.
‘The criminal investigation is ongoing.’
Gretta was killed one month after she had branded Vladimir Putin a ‘psychopath’ and predicted his drive to ‘enhance the integrity of Russia’ would end in tears.
A male friend called Evgeniy Foster – a blogger in Kharkiv, the Ukrainian city blitzed by Russian forces – became suspicious and found a friend in Moscow to file a missing person case, triggering a search which eventually located her body.
A video from Russia’s Investigative Committee shows Korovin allegedly demonstrating how he killed the model, and making a full confession.
Her prescient postings on Putin in January 2021, a month before she was murdered, are not seen as connected to her death but are chilling in the light of the subsequent Ukraine invasion.
She was concerned over his crackdown on protests and what she saw as a desire to forge a bigger Russia.
‘Given the fact that Putin went through a lot of humiliation in childhood, he could not stand up for himself due to his [slight] physical form, it is not surprising that he left after law school and joined the KGB,’ she wrote.
‘Such people are timid and fearful from childhood, afraid of noise and darkness, strangers, so traits such as caution, restraint, and lack of communication are developed early in their character.
‘I can only assume, in my opinion, a clear psychopathy or sociopathy is seen in him.’
She told her followers: ‘For psychopaths, it is important to constantly experience a sense of fullness and sharpness of life, so they love risk, intense experiences, intense communication, intense activity – an intense and dynamic life.
‘Maybe he really wants to enhance the integrity of Russia and sincerely wishes the good for the Russians. But can he really do anything?’
She made clear she had grave doubts.
‘I think you know the answer to this question yourself,’ she posted.