Policeman ‘murdered trans ex-lover in woods before helping lead search for her’

A policeman has been detained in Russia on suspicion of murdering his transexual ex-lover.

Denis Kalinin, 20, from Novosibirsk in Siberia, is accused of strangling 24-year-old Viktoria Basakovskaya, who had spoken openly in the media about transitioning from male to female.

The officer is accused of cutting one of her fingers off and used it to gain access to her smartphone before sending messages implying another ex-lover was responsible.

It is alleged the patrol officer buried the body in a forest. Kalinin is then said to reported Viktoria missing and took an active part in the search.

A female friend told police that she suspected Kalinin was the real killer and that he had invited Viktoria to his home in the village of Burmistrovo.

Detectives confronted the officer who confessed to the killing and showed them the burial site, say law enforcement.

In recent years Viktoria had given graphic accounts to the media of transitioning from male to female. She said: "I look like a girl. The only thing is that I haven't changed my passport yet.

“Every six months I go through a medical and a psychiatric medical examination.

"My family has fully supported me.

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"My mother and I together chose beautiful outfits, cosmetics, jewellery – she fully supports me. I am very thankful."

Her friend Alina had become suspicious when she received a text message in which Viktoria appeared to praise Kalinin while claiming that a former lover named Maxim “wanted to kill” her.

The message also asked Alina not to look for her if she went missing.

Alina was suspicious of the content of the message and spelling mistakes, she told police.

"He killed her early in the morning, and I got the message from, allegedly, Viktoria in the afternoon", said Alina.

"He cut off her finger and used it to unlock her phone. He wanted to cover up his tracks.”

The victim, from Kazakhstan, was still officially known by the male name in her passport, Nikolai Basakovsky.

Another friend said that Viktoria had “compromising evidence” on the policeman in her phone. He had been concerned about this “leaking” to police, according to reports.

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