A homicide investigation has opened into the deaths of Olga Zharkova, 34, and her two sons, aged three and one month, after falling from a 19th-floor apartment in Moscow, Russia
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A mother reportedly jumped nearly 200 feet to death with her newborn baby and young son in her arms, killing both children, police say.
Olga Zharkova, 34, and her two sons, ages three and one month old, died in a Moscow apartment in the fall of Nov.
The mother of two is believed to have suffered from acute postnatal depression before suicide and killing her children in the 190-foot fall, investigators say.
Zharkova, the wife of a Russian military officer, is said not to want to leave her children behind in this “hard, gloomy world” and to have held the children in her arms when they fell from the skyscraper.
“She complained to her acquaintances that she had postnatal depression,” a law enforcement source told Komsomolskaya Pravda.
“She felt lonely and tired.”
Her husband Dmitry, 35, was being treated for shock when he arrived at the scene.
Olga had complained that her husband was away from home for a long time because of his military service, reports say, citing law enforcement agencies.
The Russian investigative committee opened a murder investigation into the deaths of the two children.
A “post-mortem psychiatric analysis” is carried out on the mother, according to the reports.
Also in Russia, a professional speed skater has died after he was reportedly hit by a truck on a run on his 23rd birthday.
Ruslan Zakharov won a medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships and died on his birthday in his hometown of Khabarovsk, the Russian Skating Federation confirmed on Tuesday.
The 500 m bronze winner at the 2017 championship in Helsinki was brought to the intensive care unit after the accident, but never regained consciousness.
In a statement by the Russian Skating Association it is said: “As a result of the tragic incident, the medalist of the Junior World Championships, the winner of the Junior World Cup in speed skating, the multiple winner of the Russian championship Ruslan Zakharov died.
“The Russian Skating Association extends its condolences to Ruslan’s family, friends and relatives.”
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