An interpreter was found dead in her home, her hands cuffed behind her back, and a plastic bag over her head.
Kristina Novitskaya, 30, may have committed suicide but her friends fear she was murdered and say she did not kill herself, according to police.
The Ukrainian national was discovered on Saturday at her home in the Turkish Bodrum Resort. She had died a few days earlier.
Her friends described her as “fun-loving” and “happy” but said she was “secret” about her private life in the Turkey where she lived.
She was found sitting on a chair in the center of the room.
The police say the front door to her apartment is locked with the key and the windows are also locked from the inside.
They added that there was no sign of fighting.
Turkish police reportedly believe she has become depressed due to lack of work due to the pandemic, but the exact cause of death has not been disclosed.
However, a friend told the media from Obozrevatel in Kiev that they do not believe she killed herself.
Kristina was a graduate of the National Language University in Kiev, where she studied oriental languages.
She spoke fluent Turkish and worked as a professional interpreter.
A college friend said, “She was an incredibly kind, open-minded, sweet person who would never get into conflict and always help others.
“She was pretty secret about her personal life. Everyone who knew Kristina is deeply shocked.
“We don’t think she committed suicide.”
Another friend said: “While she hasn’t posted about her love life on social media, she has always been so open, full of life and happy.”
The friends dismissed reports that she had become depressed, lonely and suicidal because of the pandemic as “weird”.
They indicated a VIP employee in Turkey but did not provide details.
“This is a strange version indeed,” said a friend.
“Kristina had a family and her mother is in Kiev….
“There was always another way to return home.
“Turkey had a busy time with tourists returning in the summer. Kristina would have found a job.
“I don’t believe in these versions.
“I think they are trying to cover up someone who is important.”
Turkish police reported that CCTV cameras have not shown any visits since a food delivery on New Year’s Eve.
Kristina’s mother traveled to Turkey from Kiev.