2 Russians lost in wilderness suspected of eating a companion to stay alive



MOSCOW—Russian investigators have opened a murder case after two fishermen were rescued following three months lost in a remote Far East forest amid fears the pair could have eaten a companion to stay alive, officials said Wednesday.

The two men disappeared in August on a river fishing expedition to the vast Yakutia region in the Russian Far East, one of the most remote and inhospitable places in the world.

Rescuers finally found two of the men this month by the Sutam River some 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the nearest town of Neryungri in the south of Yakutia but without two companions.

The men, both inhabitants of the Russian Far East, claimed that their group had split up and said the others were likely still alive as they were used to living in the open.

But a murder probe was opened after a team of top investigators from the regional capital Yakutsk found fragments of a human corpse close to the place where the pair was found.

“Investigators carried out an examination of two areas. Fragments of a human corpse with signs of a violent death were discovered and removed,” the Yakutia branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.

“A criminal case into suspected murder has been opened.”

Russia has no article in the criminal code for cannibalism but the state RIA Novosti news agency said that the initial theory was that the two men had eaten one companion. It was not clear what happened to the fourth man.

The pair, aged 37 and 35, have denied any wrongdoing and said they had managed to survive as the winter set in a wooden hut by foraging for wild foods.

But the lifenews.ru website said they had fled the hospital where they were being treated for severe frostbite and were now on the run from investigators.

The Yakutia investigators said that DNA and pathological testing has been ordered and they are working urgently to uncover what happened.

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  • JaAb65

    nag soup no. 5 kya sila? LOL

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      If the corpse is found, they could check the dead man’s organ and balls.  If these are not found, then yes the survivors had Soup No. 5.

    • http://twitter.com/robustgrowth robustgrowth

       malamang hinigup nila yung bone marrow lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Cannibalism existed ever since the beginning for centuries.  If humans eat animals’ flesh and meats, why can they not eat human flesh?

    • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

      Twisted “logic”.

  • bugoybanggers

    Survival iyan. Mangyayari talaga iyan kahit kanino man para mabuhay. Kahit nga mga hayop ganyan din ang ginagawa tao pa kaya? Ang buhay ay sadyang ganyan! Pasensya na sa mahihina dahil sila ang lalamunin ng malalakas. CYCLE of LIFE.. manood nalang kayo ng sine.

  • jeffrey_01


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MJW2CHZBIO7YZ6MK3KVALX4VM4 Jhonny

    hindi sila nag take out?

  • Platypus09


    What is wrong with these two?

  • LuwigVonMises

    why did they go there in the first place when they know it is inhospitable. now all of them will pay the price of being stupid. haha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    I once asked a friend who’s a member of INC who doesn’t eat dinuguan or blood.  I asked why if he’s stranded in the middle of the sea where there’s nothing to eat except dinuguan would he eat it?  He said no even if he should die.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

      i’m married and I’ll say a big NO, if Kate Upton wants to have a quickie with me.

  • w33k3nd3r

    If your survival is at stake; if you were in their shoes–then go ahead and pass judgement. But until you’re trapped in the wilderness or in the middle of the sea with nothing to eat for weeks on end, it’d be hard to make a credible opinion.

  • charlie_oscar

    I once saw a Russian walking alone in  the vast desert of the Sahara – almost naked carrying a car door.  I was part of an expedition of the National Geographic Society and we had hired a team of Nomadic camel transporters to help us with the logistics…Anyway, I asked the Russian if he was okay and if I could help him…He said Nyet – but he was very thristy and wanted some water…I ordered my team to give him 3 gallons of fresh water.  I had to ask the Russain why he was carrying the heavy car door…It looked like it came off an old Cadilac from America…anyway…the Russian said that in the desert, if he got hot…he would just ROLL DOWN the window to cool off !

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