Former wife of Tsepovyaz ends up in coma after attempted suicide 

Former wife of Tsepovyaz ends up in coma after attempted suicide
Natalya Strishnyaya

Since June this year, Natalya Strishnyaya has been a defendant in a criminal case.

The reason why Vyacheslav Tsepovyazov’s ex-wife Natalia Strishnyaya transpired. The woman tried to commit suicide, sources say. Now she is in a coma. 

According to the sources, Natalya mixed antidepressants – Trittiko, Quentiax, and Anafranil. The drugs were prescribed to her by a doctor. She left a suicide note in which she stated that she was under pressure, which she can no longer withstand, lawyer Murad Musaev said.

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“After 4 months of pressure, I can’t live anymore. Neither I nor my brother are to blame for anything,” the note says. 

Strishnyaya got under investigation in June 2019 on charges of extortion (part 3 of Article 163 CCRF). Due to her hospitalization, today's court hearing was suspended until November 14th. 

The injured party has already expressed doubts, saying that there have been attempts to postpone the hearing before. They did not know anything about the attempted suicide, and the lawyer simply notified them that the hearing was postponed due to the defendant's poor health. In addition, on the day of her arrest, Natalya bought tickets to Austria. 

Earlier, Strishnyaya’s lawyer said that her son found her unconscious, after which she was taken to the hospital. The lawyer recalled that Tsepovyazov’s ex-wife suffers from cancer and her state of health has recently been “not the best.”

Strishnyaya and her brother were detained in June this year. They are charged with extorting 70 million rubles ($ 1.1 million) in 2010 from a businessman. In October of this year, the investigation was completed, and the case was forwarded to court. The first hearing was scheduled in the Zheleznodorozhny District Court of Rostov-on-Don on November 1, and the next on November 6. Strishnyaya was under house arrest in Kushchevskaya. 

Strishnyaya is the ex-wife of Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz, one of the members of Tsapok’s gang who in the autumn of 2010 killed 12 people in the village of Kushchevskaya. 

Tsapok himself was sentenced to life imprisonment, but died of illness on the night of July 7, 2014 in a pre-trial detention center, where he was awaiting consideration of a complaint about the sentence. Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2013 by the Krasnodar Regional Court in the case of the gang. In 2014, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation reduced his sentence by two months.

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