A murderous ex nursery school teacher is believed to have killed up to “three dozen” new victims in her savage spree as Russia’s most notorious woman gangster.
Inessa Tarverdieva, 52, her daughter Viktoria, 31, Sergei Sinelnik and his wife Anastasia, both 33, were all jailed for a total of 76 years in 2018 for their stomach-churning reign of terror.
Now a new trial has begun over more alleged murders by the so-called Amazon gang which held Russia’s Rostov region in fear.
Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported the new criminal case includes “three dozen murders”, ten robberies and 60 thefts.
Initially around ten alleged fresh murders are being dealt with, say reports.
In one case, two young policemen were lured to a dental surgery after the gang staged a break in.
They are accused of shooting sergeant Vladimir Mandrik, 26, and police driver Vasily Kamforin, 22, to steal their Kalashnikov assault rifle and Makarov pistols in Novocherkassk in 2012.
One of the pistols was later used to shoot dead a taxi driver, according to the prosecution.
Tarverdieva is already in jail for 10 murders including that of her own goddaughter Lera Klochko who was killed because she saw the gang break into a house.
The family, including younger daughter Anastasiya, now 17, were seen as “dull and normal”, fond of camping trips. But at night they morphed into ruthless killers, the earlier trial was told.
In another new case the gang shot at two policemen, killing one, in 2013, it is alleged.
When she was convicted two years ago over 10 “horrible and bloody” murders Tarverdieva said – as she left court in handcuffs: “The verdict is fair, I won’t appeal against it.”
She had schooled her daughter Viktoria in murder, the court was told.
The gang’s earlier victims included half a dozen policemen – and her own 12 year old goddaughter Lera Klochko, who was shot to death through the eye when a burglary went wrong and the girl saw the identity of the criminals.
Tarverdieva, dressed in black to hear her sentence, was compared to US 1930s female mobster “Ma” Barker.
She earlier appeared in court wearing bright red with Louboutin shoes, and expensive make-up – even though it is banned in the grim detention centre in Rostov-on-Don where she was held.
The crimes matriarch was jailed for 21 years in a strict regime colony while her daughter Viktoria was sent down for 16 years.
The gang had included the crime queen’s lover, Roman Podkopaev – a 36 year old dentist described by a relative as “weak and obedient” to her.
He died in a 2013 shoot out when the other gang members were arrested and is seen by police as being directly involved in 20 murders.
Tarverdieva admitted that the crime family saw murder and robbery like ‘going to the office for a day’s work’, while she also confessed to loathing police, boasting : “I’m a gangster by nature.”
Killing was a ‘means of earning money’, she said, before demonstrating her gun handling skills to detectives during a crime reenactment.
Both the middle class criminal godmother and her dentist partner had good higher education qualifications.
She gave up work in a nursery school and “switched completely to their robbery and murder business”, said a police source.
She carried a knife engraved “to my beloved Amazon warriors”.
Searches of her family’s homes revealed an ‘arsenal’ of 20 firearms, including automatic rifles, grenades, shotguns, silencers and ammunition, as well as items stolen from their victims.