A police investigation has opened in Russia after a father claimed maternity hospital staff had replaced his “dead newborn twins” with dolls ahead of their funeral.
Daud Daudov, 33, initially alleged his sons could be “alive” and victims of a baby-selling or adoption racket.
He showed a video from the burial after he unwrapped the shrouds to see his babies for the first time, revealing dolls.
The “shocked” man and his relatives then called police, triggering a scandal over baby abuse in Russia.
But on Thursday (local time) a senior regional official revealed the man’s wife, Laura, confessed she did not give birth and had wrapped the dolls in a shroud for the funeral.
She did so because her husband had been so happy to hear she was pregnant and she couldn’t stop lying, the wife said.
“The woman went through a medical examination which established that she did