Woman murdered 40 minutes after policewoman refused to rescue her

Woman is beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend 40 minutes after Russian policewoman told her to stop calling for help, saying: ‘If he kills you, we’ll write a report about your corpse’

  • Yana Savchuk, 36, was savagely murdered by ex-lover Andrey Bochkov in 2016
  • The victim called police major Natalia Bashkatova for help 40 minutes earlier
  • But she was told to stop calling and the police wouldn’t come to help her
  • Bashkatova could have faced five years jail for leaving her in danger
  • Now she only faces a fine for the lesser charge of professional negligence

A policewoman will escape with a slap on the wrist for callously refusing to rescue a domestic violence victim 40 minutes before she was murdered.

Yana Savchuk, 36, was savagely beaten to death by her violent ex-lover who was jailed for 13 years for her murder in Oryol, Russia, about 18 months ago.

Police major Natalia Bashkatova, aged in her 30s, was also expected to face up to five years jail for telling the victim: ‘Don’t call us again, we won’t come!’

Yana Savchuk, 36, was savagely beaten to death by her violent ex-lover in Oryol, Russia, about 18 months ago

 Andrey Bochkov was jailed for 13 years in maximum security for her brutal murder

A desperate Ms Savchuk, sensing she was to be attacked again by her former partner Andrey Bochkov, pleaded that her life was in danger.

Police major Natalia Bashkatova (pictured) told her to stop calling police because thye wouldn’t come and ‘If he kills you, we will come and make a report about your corpse, don’t worry’

‘What do you mean you won’t come? What if something [bad] happens and I call you, you won’t come?’ she said.

In a deeply shocking reply, the policewoman – who arrived in a patrol car in response to Ms Savchuk’s emergency call – told her: ‘If he kills you, we will come and make a report about your corpse, don’t worry.’

A year and a half after the attack, Bashkatova has only been charged with the lesser offence of professional negligence that is unlikely to lead to a custodial sentence, prosecution sources said.

Instead, if convicted she was more likely to face a maximum fine of £1,400 or community work.

Ms Savchuk’s phone recorded the conversation – and also the horrific beating she received from 6ft 6in ex-convict Bochov less than an hour later.

The attack was witnessed by ‘dozens’ of bystanders who were ‘too frightened’ to intervene. 

A desperate Ms Savchuk, sensing she was to be attacked again, pleaded that her life was in danger and police needed to come and save her


Ms Savchuk’s phone recorded the conversation – and also the horrific beating she received from 6ft 6in ex-convict Bochov less than an hour later

The attack was witnessed by ‘dozens’ of bystanders who were ‘too frightened’ to intervene

‘This woman called police for help. Officers arrived but did not take appropriate measures to stop the conflict, ignored the threats of the man – and left the scene,’ Investigative Committee federal police said.

Bochkov then ‘cruelly beat the woman and escaped’ and Ms Savchuk ‘was taken to hospital with heavy injuries and died later’.

A friend of the victim named Valeria said the couple were dating for about two years but described him as a ‘tyrant’.

She said Bochkov was often jealous and there were frequent scandals and quarrels.

A friend of the victim said the couple were dating for about two years but described Bochkov (centre) as a ‘tyrant’


The friend said Bochkov was often jealous and there were frequent scandals and quarrels between him and Ms Savchuk

‘He strangled her favourite cat that had lived with her for eight years,’ she said.

Bashkatova was suspended and later fired from the police. The incident came soon after she had won a prize as the best beat policewoman in Oryol.

Her commanders were reprimanded over Bashkatova’s neglect for the victim.

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