Rossiiskaya Gazeta paper stated that twenty of the sixty four suspected murders took place at the central federal district, including Moscow. It was claimed that these women killed their kids after going temporarily insane following labour.
Experts suggest that the killings have their roots in social ills. The paper also said that the problem faced by non-Muscovites with the country's notorious registration system meant it was hard for them to receive pre-natal medical attention in the capital. "Maybe it seems simpler to give birth in a toilet and then suffocate the child than get involved with our official organisations?" the paper said.
Another possible reason for the baby killings could be because many mothers were simply afraid they would be able to afford to raise a child. In one such incident, a single mother Oksana T., who killed her newborn after doubting she had the financial means to raise a second child.
"She regrets this, and has shown repentance," case materials quoted by Rossiiskaya Gazeta said and added "She did this because she was afraid of bringing up two children on her own."