Life for the Arkhangelsk cannibal

A Russian cannibal who killed three of his friends and ate parts of their bodies has been jailed for life. Eduard Seleznyev, 51, from the northwestern region of Archangelsk Oblast, was convicted of killing three of his friends from March 2016 to March 2017. Known as the Archangelsk Cannibal, Seleznyev admitted to stabbing three 59, 43 and 34 years old, while they were unconscious from alcohol, before boiling their bodies and eating their cooked leftovers.

Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the cannibal’s life sentence following a failed appeal by his lawyers. The man cut the victims, who are not named, and after holding the pieces he wanted to go in plastic bags, threw the remains in a local river. In fact, he moved into the apartment of one of his victims, after killing him and eating him, telling the man’s parents that their son had gone to work in another city.

He repeated the same story to police officers investigating the fate of the missing person. The other two victims had no family to look for them. Selezniev cooked dogs, cats, birds and other small animals he found on the streets. When the bodies of the three men were found, police said they were in an advanced state of disintegration and their condition, once dismembered, made it difficult to identify them. Selezniev has already served 13 years in prison for another double murder. The psychiatrists diagnosed that the man was completely reasonable and had full responsibility for the murder of his three friends and it was decided to refer him to a new trial for his latest crimes. The Russian penal code does not include cannibalism, so the accused was tried for murder and misuse of the victims’ body parts. The Russian Supreme Court, after re-evaluating all the facts, sentenced the accused to life imprisonment without the possibility of suspension.


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