The 80-year-old resident, Maria Kirrilovna, lived alone. She had one son, who lives in Russia somewhere, far away. Local journalists report that Maria received a very high gas bill, which she couldn’t pay; and she hanged herself. But first leaving behind a suicide note, in which she cursed the leaders of her country, President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenuk.
To her suicide note, Maria attached her gas bill – for 4,000 hryvnas.
To put in context: the average monthly pension in The Ukraine is 1670 hryvnas.
The story was covered by Ukrainian journalist Vladimir Chos, who says that the high gas bill was actually a mistake on the part of the gas company: In reality, all she owed was a little over a hundred hryvnas.
Assistant to Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko vigorously defended the government on his Facebook page, claiming that Maria in fact was paid up on her gas bill as of 1 November, and had even overpaid by 1792 hryvnas.
If this is true, then it indicates that the gas company was consistently making mistakes in their bills; and perhaps a lonely 80-year-old woman is not in any psychological state to know this, or to be able to dispute incorrect bills.