A Ukrainian interpreter was found dead with her hands cuffed behind her back and a plastic bag over her head in her apartment in Turkey.
30-year-old Kristina Novitskaya was spotted at her home in Bodrum Resort on the Aegean coast on Saturday. She had died a few days earlier.
The front door was locked with the key, the windows were also locked from the inside and there was no trace of a fight.
Local police say the main investigation was suicide, but her friends say that “fun-loving” and “happy” Ms. Novitskaya did not end her own life.
However, they added that she kept her private life “secret” in Turkey, where she lived and worked as an interpreter and dance teacher.
30-year-old Kristina Novitskaya was discovered on Saturday at her home in Bodrum Resort on the Aegean coast. She had died a few days earlier
Ms. Novitskaya, 30, reportedly killed herself by the local police, but her friends say it is not possible
An ambulance leaving the Bodrum apartment complex after Ms. Novitskaya was discovered on Saturday
Ms. Novitskaya lived in Bodrum and worked as an interpreter and dance teacher
The Ukrainian press spoke to Ms. Novitskaya’s friends who said there was no way she could have killed herself
“We don’t think she committed suicide,” a friend told the media from Obozrevatel in Kiev.
Turkish police reportedly believe she has become depressed due to lack of work due to the pandemic, but the exact cause of death has not been disclosed.
After their family, friends and neighbors could not reach them, they alerted the police. Her body was found sitting on a chair in the center of the room.
She was handcuffed and had a plastic bag on her head, reports say.
Ropes, charcoal and a scarf were also found at the scene, but no cause of death has been disclosed to date.
The body was sent to the Institute of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.
The door was locked from the inside and there was a key in the keyhole, reports quoting Turkish police said.
The windows were locked and there was no sign of a fight. A video shows the exterior of their home and the security guards office in the complex.
Ms. Novitskaya was a graduate of the National Language University in Kiev, where she studied Oriental languages.
She spoke fluent Turkish and worked as a professional interpreter.
“She was an incredibly friendly, open-minded, sweet person who would never get into conflict and always help others,” said a friend from her college days.
‘She was pretty secret about her personal life. Everyone who knew Kristina is deeply shocked. We don’t believe she committed suicide. ‘
Another friend said: “While she hasn’t posted about her love life on social media, she has always been so open, full of life and happy.”
Ms. Novitskaya poses for a social media post