Gyulchehra Bobokulova: A case of mental breakdown or a concerted terrorism act?
A video of a burka clad Moscow nanny, Gyulchehra Bobokulova carrying a four year old’s child’s decapitated head through the streets while shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ (‘God is great’) has caused furor after making the rounds in Russia.
Mayhem presided as the Uzbekistan national carried the head of toddler, Anastasia (Natsya) Meshcheryakova, whilst threatening to blow herself up as she approached Oktyabrskoye Pole metro station.
At the time of the incident, local media told of the toddler having been in Gyulchehra Bobokulova’s charge. The toddler’s decapitated body was found at nearby burnt out block of flats. Her body discovered inside a cot.
At the time of her discovery, the toddler had been dressed in her night clothes, consisting of a t-shirt and shorts.
Investigators claim Gyulchehra Bobokulova murdered the girl, who was believed to have learning difficulties, after starting a fire at the child’s family home in a block of flats.
Screamed Gyulchehra Bobokulova as she dangled her victim’s head in the streets after taking the toddler’s head out of a bag to the horror of onlookers: ‘I hate democracy. I am a terrorist. I want you dead.
‘You have become so hardened, you have eliminated so many of us. Look I am a suicide bomber, I will die, doomsday will come in a second.’
Soon after Gyulchehra Bobokulova’s arrest, according to a report via LifeNews, the babysitter claimed she killed the girl because of her own husband’s infidelity. Investigators immediately ordered a psychiatric test of the woman in a bid to understand her motives.
Also unnerving commentators is video of the dead girl’s mother, Ekaterina Meshcheryakova, collapsing in the street (see below) upon hearing the horrific news of her daughter’s death. She was taken to hospital in an unconscious condition.
Also questioned since the brutal murder of the child, was the victim’s father, Vladimir Meshcheryakov, a technician at a mobile phone company, along with the girl’s brother Konstantin, 15. Both of whom were taken to hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown.
The main entrance to the block of flats were this evening being guarded by armed police.
Told Alexandra Shuvalova a local student who’d witnessed the mayhem: ‘When I got close to the metro, I saw a woman running along the street.’
‘I could see that she had hair in her hands or something like that.
‘She was waving this thing and screaming something and drawing some shapes in the air.
‘This woman either had a birthmark or a wart on her right cheek. It was a distinctive feature because she was dressed in entirely in black.
‘I realised it wasn’t a wig as I thought initially, but a head – that’s why blood was dripping on her shoes and skirt.
‘I stopped, had a cigarette, tried to get my breath back to normal because I was so shocked.’
The student also told of a security guard and two policeman missing the chance to detain her.
Reiterated the witness: ‘People ran away from her. I saw five people fleeing. And no one tried to stop her – not security guards at a cafe, nor at a shop.
‘One of the guards who saw her, ran to the building to tell someone about her. He didn’t try to do anything on his own.’
‘I heard her yelling ‘Allah Akbar’ at least three times. And hitting herself on her chest.
‘She was yelling something in her language. She ran to a cafe and started shouting: ‘It’s all you! All you!’
Offered another witness at the underground station who had heard the nanny screaming: ‘My child was killed…I will blow up everyone.’ She also shouted: ‘I hate democracy’.
Another witness, Polina Nikolskaya said the woman shouted that she would ‘kill everyone, blow up everyone’.
Adding: ‘She was standing near the metro entrance and caught my attention because she was screaming Allahu Akbar,’
‘I saw that she had a bloodied head in her arms, but I thought it was not real. People in the crowd said it was real.’
Some said the woman had paced up and down for some 20 minutes before she was detained near the station.
Emerging video also purportedly documents Bobokulova shouting about the end of the world while proclaiming herself a terrorist.
The evolving incident led to the station being closed, with no explosives being found on the nanny.
Offered another eyewitness: ‘She came to the entrance of the metro station Oktyabrskoye Pole with a red bag, from which she pulled out the child’s head.’
‘She walked down the street for a long time and was shouting something. But no one challenged her. Everyone was afraid.’
Dramatic footage showed the moment police sprinted in towards the woman and tackled her to the ground.
Emergency services had earlier been called to an apartment nearby amid reports of black smoke billowing out of windows.
Firefighters rescued four people and put out the blaze where they found the child’s beheaded body.
Investigators have since told that the babysitter waited until she was alone with Anastasia in the apartment before murdering her and starting a fire.
Told a source in the Investigative committee via TASS: ‘She waited until the parents with the elder child left the flat, then for unknown reason she killed the child, set fire to the apartment and left the scene.
‘She was detained at the metro station Oktyabrskoe Pole.’
The dead girl, who is said to have had learning difficulties and could not walk had been in the throes of ongoing treatment. Her family, from the Oryol region, at the time were renting the apartment.
Local reports tell of the toddler having suffered damage because of birth problems in August 2011.
The family had previously taken their daughter for treatment to China, and were saving money to travel for subsequent care in Germany.
The parents told police the nanny had been working for them for 18 months.
Sources say the babysitter told interrogators she did not want to hide from police, and aimed to draw maximum attention to what she has done.
She later told she had not intended to ignite the flat deliberately and destroy evidence, telling she’d wanted the parents to know who had killed their daughter.
The source told of the woman having a valid residency permit for Russia but who had been working illegally. She had no work permit, said officials.
To date, police are not currently treating the incident as terrorism. This despite ongoing tension between neighboring Muslim state, Uzbekistan and Russia, which in the past has seen attacks on Russian soil as Uzbeks have been detained for practicing Islam outside of the state-run religious establishment.
Told media outlet LifeNews: ‘Investigators suspect that Gulchekhra had manic psychosis developing for a period of time.’
A law enforcement source said the woman was suspected of handling ‘explosive elements’ at the flat which was engulfed in flames.
But ‘it might be an inflammable liquid that she used to set the apartment on fire where she killed four-year-old Nastya M.‘
The security services are hunting for the woman’s husband. A source said she may have been on ‘light drugs’.
Russia’s children’s rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov called the killing ‘Monstrous and inexplicable’, urging parents to carefully check on the mental state of nannies when they are hired.
Authorities have since told the nanny faces up to 20 years in jail if she is deemed psychologically fit to stand trial.