Media crackdown on killing of pro-Putin politician's wife and daughter

Wife of pro-Putin politician and their daughter, 31, are brutally knifed to death ‘by couple’s 21-year-old son’ as media crackdown on reporting the crime is imposed in Russia

  • Nadezhda Innokentyeva, 51, and daughter Anzhelika Popova, 31, died in attack
  • Aisen Innokentyev, son of pro-Putin district chief Alexei Innokentyev, confessed 
  • There has been a media crackdown after orders to limit bad news in Russia 

The wife and daughter of a pro-Putin politician have been brutally murdered – prompting a media crackdown by the Kremlin.  

Nadezhda Innokentyeva, 51, and her daughter Anzhelika Popova, 31, a fashion brand owner and mother-of-one, were both knifed to death in Yakutsk.

The son of pro-Putin district chief Alexei Innokentyev has confessed to the murder of his sister and mother, according to local reports.  

Aisen Innokentyev, 21, handed himself in and initial tests show he had been intoxicated during a family argument over his friends.

His father Alexei, 53, of  controls a vast area called Nyurbinsky district more than twice the size of Wales in the world’s coldest region, Yakutia, Siberia. 

State TV and news outlets have now been ordered not to cover the massacre in the latest Russian media crackdown.

The wife and daughter of a pro-Putin politician (Anzhelika Popova, pictured) have been brutally murdered – prompting a media crackdown by the Kremlin 

Nadezhda Innokentyeva, 51, and her daughter Anzhelika Popova, 31, a fashion brand owner and mother-of-one, were both knifed to death in Yakutsk

The son of pro-Putin district chief Alexei Innokentyev has confessed to the murder. Aisen Innokentyev (pictured with Nadezhda), 21, handed himself in and initial tests show he had been intoxicated during a family argument over his friends

His father Alexei, 53, controls a vast area called Nyurbinsky district more than twice the size of Wales in the world’s coldest region, Yakutia, Siberia.

Anzhelika, who lives in St Petersburg where she owns her own clothes brand, was killed on the spot from wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Her mother Nadezhda died on the way to hospital in the Sakha Republic. 

Aisen Innokentyev made a written confession over the killings of his mother and sister at the family home in the regional capital, according to reports from independent media.

The media ban was then imposed by regional governor Aisen Nikolayev, 50, also from pro-Putin party United Russia.

A local public holiday was postponed for an indefinite period after the killings. Pictured: Anzhelika Popova


Anzhelika Popova, who lives in St Petersburg where she owns her own clothes brand, was killed on the spot from wounds to the chest and abdomen

Anzhelika Popova is pictured in a wedding dress and tiara 

Anzhelika is a mother-of-one normally lives in St Petersburg and was knifed to death in Yakutsk

Her mother Nadezhda Innokentyeva (pictured with husband Aisen Nikolayev), 51, died on the way to hospital in the Sakha Republic 

The media ban was then imposed by regional governor Aisen Nikolayev, 50, also from pro-Putin party United Russia. Pictured: Putin district chief Alexei Innokentyev

Aisen Innokentyev made a written confession over the killings of his mother and sister at the family home in the regional capital, according to reports from independent media. Pictured: Russian detectives at the scene 

A local public holiday was postponed for an indefinite period after the killings.

The reason for the media crackdown was not clear but the state media are said to be under orders to limit bad news.

There are severe curbs on coverage of the war in Ukraine, especially on the death toll.

But TV broadcasts have risked the wrath of Putin to denounce the invasion as ‘worse’ than the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan which helped bring down the Soviet Union. 

Marina Ovsyannikova, 43, dubbed the ‘bravest women on television’, also defied the law to hold a sign on live TV denouncing the war.

In another move, footage and details of destructive forest fires raging in Russia has been restricted.

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