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Man detained over macabre beheading of beautiful architecture student in botanical garden murder

By The Siberian Times reporter
01 August 2017

Viktoria Povesma, 20, went missing after night out with friends, and later her severed head was found in a plastic bag.

Her parents reported her missing on Sunday, and later that day her severed head was found beside a pond. Picture: The Siberian Times

A man aged 29 with a history of sex attacks has been detained over the girl's tragic and horrific murder in a case that has deeply shocked the city of Tomsk. He confessed to the killing, according to reports citing police. 

Viktoria - a trainee architect - was last seen at Lagerny Garden on the night of 29-30 July after going out with friends. 

Her parents reported her missing on Sunday, and later that day her severed head was found beside a pond in the city's Botanic Garden some two kilometres from her last known location.

Viktoria Povesma


Viktoria Povesma

Viktoria - a trainee architect - was last seen at Lagerny Garden on the night of 29-30 July after going out with friends. Pictures: The Siberian Times

Law enforcement officials said on Tuesday that her remaining body parts had been discovered. 

Viktoria was a student of Tomsk State University of Architecture and Construction.

Earlier, there were pleas on social media to help find the missing student. 

She was described as having blond hair with green eyes.

When she went missing she was wearing jeans with holes in the knees, white Reebok trainers with blue and red stripes, a black T-shirt with the word 'Wild' printed on the front, and a grey cardigan.

Botanic Garden


Botanic Garden


Botanic Garden

Pond in the Botanic Garden. Pictures: TV2

She carried a black backpack which was discovered during the police search. Her Samsung cell phone was switched off. 

Viktoria had been looking forward to a meeting with her school friends on 30 July but never turned up. 

A statement from the regional branch of the Investigative Committee said Viktora 'went for a walk and did not come back.

'On Sunday her parents reported her missing and later on 31 July by the bank of a pond in the Botanic Garden a severed head was found'.

Crime scene map


Map

Botanic Garden is some two kilometres from her last known location. 

Locals expressed horror today at Viktoria's brutal killing.

'This girl is almost a child - these beasts,' said one on social media.

Another said there were 'so many deaths in this Botanic Garden'.

Comments (4)

A treasure lost... my condolences to the family and friends.
Monsters do not deserve civil treatment for their crimes.
R. Shaw, Ledyard/USA
06/08/2017 01:09
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Extremely sad...just went for an innocent walk and some thug monster decides she is his??? Pisses me off. She was beautiful...but it doesn't matter if she was beautiful or not. Hopefully some prison justice.
Titanium, Colorado
04/08/2017 08:04
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In Russia we have a much better system. I know it is not up to me to judge but i find it good. the law will send him to the /hard boys/.And there he will wish that every day, or better night, will be his last one. death sentence is to quick and short for scum like that. let him suffer as well. does it make me feel better to think like that?Yes!
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
03/08/2017 12:45
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Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.
Darwin, USA
03/08/2017 11:40
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