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Russia Update: March 2, 2016
Press by
The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Uzbek Nanny With History of Schizophrenia Confesses to Murder of Russian Child; Says 'Allah Ordered' Her
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Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, the Uzbek nanny accused of murdering a Russian child in Moscow, was brought before a Moscow court today and her detention until April 29 was approved by a judge, Novaya Gazeta reported.

Before the hearing, she told reporters that she had confessed to the murder and that "Allah had ordered" her to kill the child. She is expected to be arraigned March 4.

Early news reports indicated she was possibly under the influence of a drug and also had a history of involuntary hospitalization for schizophrenia.
On February 29, Bobokulova, who has been mentally disabled since birth, was reported to have murdered the 4-year-old girl in her care after her parents and older brother left the house. She then went to the Oktyabrskoye Pole metro stop where she paraded for half an hour while waving the child's severed head and crying "Allahu Akhbar!" and then threatening to blow herself up.

Public complaints that the police had taken a long time to arrest Bobokulova led to explanations that law-enforcers had blocked metro entrances near the area and eventually detained her after half an hour. Under Russian law, police are not allowed to shoot women even in extreme circumstances but a law already before the parliament would increase police powers to do just that.

Russian state media did not report the story, which led to protests of censorship from opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who filed a complaint under Russian law guaranteeing freedom of expression.

While the Kremlin claimed it had not mandated the news blackout, RBC reported that officials were concerned about inciting ethnic hatred in a climate in which many Russians, notably Navalny himself, have objected to Central Asian and other non-Russian migrant laborers in Russia.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick