A taxi driver took out a bank loan to pay a hitman to kill his ex-wife so he could save money on alimony payments, according to a police report.

Alexander Krasavin, 54, was arrested after police staged his ex-wife’s murder and sent him photos of the “crime scene”.

After seeing the pictures of the ‘dead woman’ and receiving an agreed text message ‘You have a dentist’s appointment’, he paid the balance of the agreed fee to the work mate he had hired as assassin – at which moment officers moved in stop his car and handcuff and detain him.

Krasavin’s ex-wife Nina, 46, had been taken to movie industry make-up specialists so it appeared her throat had been cut.

Nina posed for a photo that would convince Alexander she was murdered
Nina posed for a photo that would convince Alexander she was murdered

She said later that she was shocked and stunned by his behaviour, and that although they were divorced she thought they had good relations raising their daughter, nine.

“I can’t believe that all this is possible – I still had feelings for him,” she admitted.

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“And I’m not afraid that I could be dead, but I am afraid that he planned all this…he saw my photo looking dead – and he accepted it?

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After seeing the faked 'murder photos' Alexander Krasavin paid the balance of the agreed fee to the work mate he had hired as assassin
After seeing the faked ‘murder photos’ Alexander Krasavin paid the balance of the agreed fee to the work mate he had hired as assassin

What about our daughter?” she added, “How could he live with the guilt?”

Krasavin worked as a bus technician, and a taxi-driver part time in St Petersburg.

Police say he had asked a colleague to kill his ex-wife, and the man initially thought it was a joke.

When Krasavin kept asking him, he went to the police, and a plan was hatched to fake the killing to entrap him.

The ex-husband took a £15,000 bank loan and paid his colleague £3,000 for “expenses” preparing the murder, agreeing to pay a further £10,000 when the murder was completed.

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He kept another £2,000 for himself.

Alexander Krasavin, 54, was arrested under suspicion of hiring contract killer to murder his former wife Nina, 47. In this photo Nina posing for a photo that would convince Alexander she was murdered.
The photos were faked by movie business experts

In recordings, Krasavin said he would work as a taxi driver on the day chosen for the killing – Monday this week – to establish an alibi.

Nina said police arrived unannounced at her home, whisking her away to a make-up artist at a movie studio.

She could not believe what she was told.

“I spent the whole day in the criminal investigation department with the thought that this was a joke.,” she said.

The operation was so secret that Nina was barred contact with her children, including two from her previous relationship, and they reported her missing to police – who began a search.

Nina said she found the video of Krasavin's arrest distressing
Nina said she found the video of Krasavin’s arrest distressing

“I just didn’t believe in the reality of what was happening,” she said.

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“I still want to look at Alexander and ask if this is all true?”

She “blamed herself” because their relationship broke up over strains with her older children from a previous marriage, she told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

She denied his claims that there had been problems spending time with their daughter after the split.

Nina says that she and Krasavin fell in love at first sight, and that they “had it all” at first, but he went on to “ruin it all”.

“I feel sorry for him as a woman, that he did not have a long-term relationship,” she said, “and I blame myself for that. I think it’s my fault, too, that he ordered the murder.

“I don’t even have a grudge against him.

“I have no idea what it will be like for him in prison.

“It hurts me a lot from the fact that he will be there.

“I cried when they showed me the video of him being detained,” Nina said, “I could not watch him being knocked down on the ground.

“The fact that he was lying on the ground already hurt me.”

She said he had not agreed when she went to court for a raise in alimony to support their daughter.

He had switched from being a bus driver to a technician on lower pay to reduce his payment, she said.

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