The ‘smirking’ nanny who decapitated a four-year-old girl claims she was copying gruesome ISIS beheading films she had seen online.
Gyulchehra Bobokulova, 38, is now locked up inside the psychiatric hospital at Butyrka high security prison in Moscow, a jail notorious for never having an escapee during the Soviet era.
In an extraordinary interview from cell number 446, with a sign reading ‘special control’, she told how she feels more sorry for herself than the child she has confessed to murdering, Anastasia (Nastya) Meshcheryakova.
After the barbaric killing, she set girl’s family flat on fire and brandished girl’s head around the streets of Moscow before being detained by police near a metro station.
Smirk: Russian nanny Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, who hid her history of schizophrenia, said she feels sorry for the four-year-old girl she has confessed to beheading – but feels greater pity for herself
Innocence: Four-year-old Anastasia (Nastya) Meshcheryakova was decapitated by her nanny Bobokulova, who says she was inspired to do it by watching ISIS beheading videos
Horror: In an extraordinary interview from her jail cell, the burka-clad babysitter said Allah ordered her to commit the brutal crime
The nanny alleged that prison doctors ‘hurt me’ by tying her up and forcefully injecting her with unknown ‘strong drugs’.
Earlier, she had claimed that she killed the child in revenge for Putin’s aerial bombardment of Muslims in Syria.
She told journalists in court that ‘Allah ordered’ her to commit the brutal crime.
Now, putting her hand to her heart, she told a Moskovsky Komsomolets journalist who is also a member of the Public Watch Commission, which protects human rights of detainees: ‘I have hatred here.
‘They raised my hatred and it filled me. I saw online how they were cutting off heads. This hatred.
‘There was a voice in my head: ‘Do it to the girl’. ‘I feel sorry a bit for her. I feel sorry for myself. I have no home, I have nothing. She was a good girl. But I don’t have a home. Hatred.’
She said: ‘I saw how they cut off heads and I did it. The voices – I killed the girl, yes. But I don’t need treatment. Let me go back to the normal jail.’
An unnamed doctor at the hospital said: ‘Bobokulova can’t do harm to anybody now, she is under serious drugs. She volunteered to be treated.
Court: The nanny, who is on strong medication, she had claimed that she killed the child in revenge for Putin’s aerial bombardment of Muslims in Syria
Confession: ‘I saw how they cut off heads and I did it. The voices – I killed the girl, yes. But I don’t need treatment. Let me go back to the normal jail,’ Bobokulova revealed
Insane: Bobokulova added: ‘There was a voice in my head: ‘Do it to the girl’. ‘I feel sorry a bit for her. I feel sorry for myself. I have no home, I have nothing. She was a good girl. But I don’t have a home. Hatred.’
‘We explained to her that she needed treatment and she said: ‘I will do all what you say,’ and signed the document, here it is.
‘We are monitoring her 24 hours a day, when we fear that she can hurt herself, we use soft ties.
‘Bobokulova was placed here after the conclusion made by the doctor psychiatrist who visited her in the regular jail.
‘She complained of voices in her head. The doctor diagnosed the serious psychiatric disorder when immediate isolation and therapy is needed.’
Bobokulova, in a cramped cell with scatched walls and no TV or fridge, said: ‘They hurt me here, it is painful. The injections are painful.
‘I don’t want it. I walk badly because of the drugs. I fall down when I go to the toilet. My back hurts, my head hurts. All hurts.
‘I hardly hold a spoon in my hands. My hands do not obey me, or my legs. My hair is dirty and clotted and I can’t wash it. ‘
Pointing at her hair, she said: ‘Look at this. I look like an old woman. I do not hear any voices now.
‘I don’t want to be tied. I am not ill. I first heard voices long ago.’
She said she was registered as having mental problems by a hospital in her native Uzbekistan.
‘But they were not treating me. It is not dangerous to hear voices from time to time,’ she said.
There are two beds, and she shares with another female detainee.
As she spoke, she lay on the bed covering her head with a bleak grey blanket.
She said she now had ‘no future’ and ‘no home’.
Asked if she felt sorry for her children because of her deeds, she said: ‘They will make up their minds themselves, get married, have children.
‘And I’ve got nothing. Will I be an old woman? I don’t want it.’
In the previous remand jail where she was held, she told warders: ‘I don’t want to eat, I want to die.’
But in the clinic she is eating well.
A doctor said: ‘Nobody will let her go back into the ordinary jail. She is dangerous and it is obvious for us. It is our duty to control her.’
Known as a ‘prison fortress’ it was said to be impossible to escape from the jail.
In 1908, the legendary Harry Houdini escaped not from the jail but from its most inescapable apparatus, a metal box used to transport convicts to Siberia. It only took him 28 minutes.
Founded in 1771, its most famous inmates included writer Count Leo Tolstoy, the founder of the hated KGB secret police Felix Dzerzhinsky, writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the father of the Russian space industry Sergey Korolyov.
If the nanny is judged fit to stand trial, she could face a sentence of up to 25 years for a crime she has admitted ahead of her trial.
If not, she is likely to face a sentence in a specially guarded psychiatric jail.
Lawyer Lyudmila Aivar said: ‘If the experts call her insane and declare that she did not control her actions, the court action will still follow.
‘If Bobokulova can take part in them, she will. If the doctors see that she reacts inadequately, the trial can go on without her.
‘If she is called dangerous for the society, she will be placed into the guarded hospital, but every six months she will face a new test of her condition.’