A murder investigation has been launched after the wife of a Russian military officer fell to her death with her two young children from a 19th floor flat in Moscow.
34-year-old Olga Zharkova and her two sons, aged three, and one month, tragically died.
The mother-of-two is suspected to have suffered from acute postnatal depression before taking her own life and killing her children in the huge 190ft fall, investigators say.
The tragic woman reportedly held the children in her arms as she fell from the high-rise flat.
Law officials say Olga had written a disturbing note that said she did not want to leave her children in this "hard, gloomy world".
"She complained to her acquaintances that she had postnatal depression," a law enforcement source told Komsomolskaya Pravda.
“She felt lonely and tired."
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The woman's husband was reportedly treated for shock when he arrived at the horrible scene.
She had previously complained that her husband Dmitry, 35, was away from home for long periods due to military duties, say reports citing law enforcement.
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The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a murder probe into the deaths of the two children.
A “postmortem psychiatric analysis” will be conducted on the mother, said reports.
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In other tragic Russian news, an actor performing at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow died during a freak accident on-stage that saw him crushed by a prop which was slowly lowered onto him.
Yevgeny Kulesh, 38, suffered a tragic fate when he was performing in an opera composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov called “Sadko”.
Medics were not able to resuscitate the actor following the fall.
While the opera’s set was changing its backdrop, Yevgeny was reportedly trapped by the falling scenery, crushing him to death as the performance was still on-going, to the audience's complete oblivion.
According to various reports, the opera was “immediately stopped”, before authorities at the Bolshoi Theatre asked the audience to leave the hall.
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