The body of Russian model Gretta Vedler was found this week, over a year after the 23-year-old was first reported missing. Her ex-boyfriend, Dmitry Korovin, confessed to the murder, which he said was due to a financial dispute. Shortly before Vedler went missing she criticized Vladimir Putin in a social media rant. But, at this time, it is believed the rant is totally unrelated to her death.
Born in Moscow, Gretta Vedler had over 2,500 followers on Instagram and studied psychology at the Moscow State University. Her net worth as a model was reported to be around $1 million at the time of her disappearance.
Her friend Evgeniy Foster, a blogger from Kharkiv, Ukraine, grew suspicious after he had not heard from her in a while and asked an acquaintance in Moscow to file a missing person’s report, The Independent revealed.
According to Gretta Vedler’s ex-boyfriend Dmitry Korovin, the two were staying in a hotel together in Moscow when they had “financial issues.” He reportedly strangled her to death.
Almost a year later, Korovin told authorities that he slept with her dead body, which was stuffed into a newly purchased suitcase for over three days and nights. He then put the suitcase in the truck of his car and drove to the Lipetsk region in the western part of Russia, where he abandoned both her body and the vehicle.
“Vedler’s ex-boyfriend Dmitry Korovin, 23, has now confessed to strangling her to death before driving her 300 miles to the Lipetsk region and abandoning the body in the boot of a car,” the Daily Star first reported.
The car sat there for over a year until authorities uncovered. They discovered Gretta Vedler’s body, as well.
Confessing to the killing, Dmitry Korovin was forced to reenact the crime by Russia’s investigative committee, according to The Independent. The committee reportedly compared his actions to the medical examiner’s autopsy report.
It was not revealed what kind of financial dispute occurred between the couple, or what his motivations were for ending his girlfriend’s life. Korovin also continued to post photos and messages for her on her social media profiles to make it appear to fans and friends that she was still alive.
Many sites have mentioned that Gretta Vedler made critical remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly before her disappearance. But the two events appear to be unrelated, especially after her ex-boyfriend confessed to the murder.
Back in early 2021 many reporters and Russian influencers were afraid to speak out against Putin’s government, in fear of retaliation, censorship, or imprisonment. Recently, The New York Times and many other prominent news outlets were forced to pull out of Russia after a crackdown on independent reporting of the Ukrainian invasion.
Her comments allegedly stemmed from how the Russian President handled Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and mandates. Putin shut down many protests about his lack of policies, even though he was a known germaphobe within Moscow.
Many Russian citizens and critics of the President called out the world leader after he made his cabinet sit very far away from him at meetings during the spread of the Omicron variant.
“I can only assume, in my opinion, clear psychopathy or sociopathy is seen in him,” Russian model Gretta Vedler wrote on Instagram about Vladimir Putin’s behavior over one year ago. “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.”