Missing ballerina may have been dismembered; remains dissolved in acid: Report

Authorities in Russia appear to have a suspect in the 2014 disappearance of a famed ballerina, who may have been murdered and dissolved in acid.

As the New York Post reports, 25-year-old Olga Demina, who was a ballerina with the famed  Bolshoi Theatre company, vanished in 2014. Her body has never been found, and new information suggests she was murdered before her remains were dissolved in acid.

Citing an article published in East2West News, which was translated from the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, the New York Post reports that a man described as Demina’s former manager and possible lover is now being eyed in her presumed murder.

According to the report, Malkhaz Dzhavoev, 40, served a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence on fraud charges related to an apartment Demina’s boyfriend Alexey Fetisov. The details of the fraud conviction are not specified in the report, but a witness or witnesses are said to have come forward, claiming they heard Dzhavoev reveal that he knew what happened to Demina.

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A law enforcement source told the Russian news outlet that Dzhavoev allegedly “let slip” during his incarceration that the missing ballerina’s body was “dismembered and dissolved in acid.”

It is not known if Russian investigators have a theory as to how Demina died, but the law enforcement source indicated that authorities have some idea where her remains might be found.

“Search work is underway there now. Sulfuric acid does dissolve everything to zero,” the source reportedly said. “Some body fragments should be preserved, but they still need to be found.”

The precise nature of Demina’s relationship with Dzhavoev is not clear, but Demina’s mother told the Russian news outlet that Dzhavoev regularly took money from her daughter, and appeared to have a strong influence on her.

“Shortly before her death, she sold her Peugeot car. She went to sell it with Malkhaz. He took the money,” she said. “Olga also had loans in her name — and gave the money to Malkhaz. She was completely at his mercy.”

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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