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Russian woman killed her French husband in
Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2015. A Russian woman Dina Sysoeva
(37) will be put on trial being accused of murdering her 51-year-old French
husband Christophe Sion in 2013. The couple met in 2008 on a plane. The
man was considered relatively wealthy because he had received a good deal of
specialties as inheritance. The Russian woman couldn`t miss this chance and
soon after the first encounter they started to go out. Sion bought a car and
flat for his new girlfriend. In 2009 Sysoeva gave birth to their daughter and
the couple decided to tight the knot.
The marriage seemed to be a little strange as
if Sysoeva was ashamed of her husband – she never presented him to her friends
and things of this nature. Perhaps because he was significantly older and not
good-looking at all. Some conflicts had been arising over time and after two
years of marriage Sion left their conjugal home and settled alone. At the same
time his Russian wife had affairs but Sion didn`t know anything and continued
paying 2 500 euros per month to his estranged family.
Nobody knows exactly why Sysoeva decided to
kill him. Probably, Sion was fed up with this marriage and announced the
divorce. Probably, 2 500 euro per month wasn`t enough any longer or Sysoeva got
a new lover…Nonetheless, in August of 2013 in their Saint Petersburg flat
Dina Sysoeva hit Christophe Sion in the head with a metal stick. The man died
shortly after on the spot. As it was established later, Sysoeva had lived with
the body during 1 week: firstly, she was unable to carry it away by herself –
she called her father and asked him to come to help her get rid of the corpse;
secondly, she was busy forging financial documents to withdraw as much as
possible from her killed husband`s bank accounts.
When her father finally came to Saint
Petersburg from another town, they took the corpse to the remote Pskov forests
where they dismembered, burnt and buried the body. Everything was fine – nobody
saw them. Within 3 months Sysoeva withdrew 100 000 euro from Sion`s accounts
and even flew to Nice (France) to visit her new lover. When asked about Sion by
his contacts, Sysoeva answered that he had gone on a business trip.
The relatives of Christophe Sion grew very
concerned and went to the police in September of 2013. The Sion`s sister
Barbara worried by his disappearance and lack of communication decided that the
couple was abducted. The inquest was launched but when the police came to the
Sysoeva`s home she just repeated that her husband had gone on a business trip
to Luxembourg. Then the woman started to withdraw and splash out her husband`s
money although later the Sion`s signature on the bank documents was proved to
be fake. At the same time it emerged that Sion hadn`t crossed Russian borders
during the specified period of time, so the initial version of his wife became
questionable. But due to the fact that Christophe Sion – dead or
alive – was missing the only charge applicable in such circumstances
was one of falsifying bank documents.
In November of 2014 the
police came again to the Sysoeva`s home. This time to ransack the flat
scrupulously. The result was promising – blood stains were found in the
subfloor. But the body was still missing. After questioning Sysoeva`s contacts
the investigators learnt that about 1 year ago she had gone with some friends
who were heading to the Pscov forests to spend some time in nature. It might be
a possible location of the corpse but the area was too great. Then the
investigators in Saint Petersburg asked their Pscov colleagues
whether they had found dead bodies in that area last year. The answer came very
quickly – yes, the burnt rests of an unknown man had been found within
indicated time interval. The further forensic analysis confirmed
the identity of the rests. Dina Sysoeva was arrested and charged with the
murder of Christophe Sion. She pleads not guilty. The investigation has
recently been completed and the trial will take place soon.
- Madam Anna Iourevna Kouznetsova, Children’s Rights Delegate to the President of the Federation of Russia
- Madam Sylvie Bermann, Ambassadress of France to Russia
Madam Anna Iourevna Kouznetsova, Children’s Rights Delegate to the President of the Federation of Russia
Madam Sylvie Bermann, Ambassadress of France to Russia
This open letter and petition has been addressed to you to inform you of the situation of our niece, Christina Sion, 9 years old and at present kept under tutelage in Khabarovsk.
Christina has both French and Russian nationality. Her father, Christophe Sion, (my brother) married a young Russian girl, Dina Syssoeva, in 2009 and little Christina was born in St. Petersburg.
However, tragedy was to follow when in August 2013, Dina Syssoeva savagely murdered my brother and kept his body for a week in the apartment where Christina was staying. Dina Syssoeva’s father, Victor Véniaminovitch Sysssoev, came from Khabarovsk to assist her in dismembering the body and moving the remains to a forest in Pskov where the body was incinerated and left to wild beasts in the area.
The murderer was convicted and sentenced to eleven years in prison for forgery and acts of forgery; theft and murder. Unfortunately, little Christina has been left in the hands of her guardian, Faїna Syssoeva, the wife of Victor Véniaminovitch. The child is being constantly submitted to ill treatment of an indisputable psychological nature with consequences we can affirm, in an atmosphere of hatred, lies and harsh cries on the part of her guardian. As well, Christina is in permanent close contact with this inhumane person who desecrated her father’s body, thus providing a dangerous environment for the mental health of the child who has already lost her landmarks of freedom.
In addition to this macabre situation is the negative and undiscerning attitude of the Tutelage Service in Khabarovsk which persists in consistently failing to recognise this situation. « The child is given food so everything is fine. »
The various explanations for this disastrous refusal make an inquiry indispensable but this is the responsibility of the Russian Federation and thus beyond our control. Our one and only aim is to save little Christina (I am her Godmother) and adopt her. Our case appeared to be making good progress in spite of numerous vicissitudes, with the forfeit of maternal rights being pronounced by the judge of Khabarovsk, but an extraordinary appeal against this decision has been upheld by another local judge. We simply can not abandon Christina to this hostile environment and we are sure that you will understand this.
It is for this reason that we are asking you to accord great priority to this case in order that true justice be upheld ; that this child be finally adopted by her French family who love her and who are waiting for her so that she will be at last cherished, protected and treated as she not only deserves but needs.
We beg you to believe, Madam, Children’s Rights Delegate to the President of the Federation of Russia, and Madam Sylvie Bermann, Ambassadress of France to Russia, our sincere greetings and in advance, our deepest gratitude for Christina, who, although she does not realise it, symbolises our long-lasting Franco-Russian friendship.
Barbara Sion-Caggini and Pierre Caggini
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