Renowned bohemian restaurateur accepts arrest for dismembering wife
MOSCOW, January 17 - RAPSI. Alexei Kabanov, the founder of a popular chain of cafes in Moscow, is unlikely to appeal his pretrial detention after admitting to killing and dismembering his journalist wife, the Golovinsky District Court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Thursday.
The murder has evoked a wide response among Russian Internet users.
His wife Irina Kabanova worked at a well-known radio station. Kabanov founded OGI, an iconic chain of cafes that were a popular meet-up place for artists, poets, and journalists in the late 1990s. He had the reputation of a sophisticated bohemian and mingled with artists.
The investigation uncovered that he killed his wife during a domestic argument after she learned he was seeing someone else.
Kabanov strangled her with a computer cord while their kids were asleep in the other room. He then brought her body into the bathroom.
The investigators believe that Kabanov's experience as a chef may have helped him to more easily dismember his wife's body.
According to the investigators, Kabanov then hid Irina's body parts on the balcony and posted a message on his social networking pages that his wife had gone missing.
Later, the defendant borrowed a car from his mistress and hid his wife's remains in the trunk. He planned to take the remains of her body out of town, but was detained by police after they wiretapped his phone.
Last Saturday, Kabanov was arrested. He reportedly did not object to his arrest and will not appeal his detention. The law allows time for an appeal, but it is usually filed immediately after the court has issued its ruling.
Kabanov will remain in a Moscow detention facility until March 12.