Russian Historian Lived with 26 Female Corpses Dressed Up As Dolls

Anatoly MoskvinaVia MSNBC:

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Police have discovered the remains of more than two dozen women who were dug up from their graves by a man some described as a “genius.” The bodies were found this week in the home of 45-year-old Anatoly Moskvina, who lives alone in the city of Nizhny Novgorod in western Russia. The discovery was made when Moskvina’s parents visited him after returning from a vacation.

Russian media reported that Moskvina kept at least 26 bodies in his small, three-room apartment. They all belong to females aged between 15 and 26 who died years ago. The bodies were “dried up,” Interfax reported.

Life News reported [translated link] that Moskvina, who is a historian and was also involved in journalism, visited hundreds of cemeteries at night and dug up the bodies with a shovel. He then put the remains in plastic bags and dragged them to his home. Once the bodies were in his apartment, Moskvina dressed the bodies up as dolls. Photos released by Life News showed one skeleton wearing a dress, stockings and other clothing while another body appeared to have been dressed as a teddy bear.

More: MSNBC

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  • Anarchy Pony

    All I can say is, at least he didn’t kill them himself…

  • Anti-Citizen1

    All I can say is, at least he didn’t kill them himself…

  • Mr Willow

    That fine line between genius and insanity? I think he crossed it. 

  • Mr Willow

    That fine line between genius and insanity? I think he crossed it. 

  • Mr Willow

    That fine line between genius and insanity? I think he crossed it. 

    • Hadrian999

      or took a running leap over it

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    That’s one way to make it into the history books … which he loved so well.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    That’s one way to make it into the history books … which he loved so well.

  • Hadrian999

    or took a running leap over it

  • Anonymous

    Weird. I know this happened in Russia, but I’m going to say “only in America” anyway.

    Only in America.

  • Redacted

    Weird. I know this happened in Russia, but I’m going to say “only in America” anyway.

    Only in America.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    You know, they say that like it’s a bad thing…

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    You know, they say that like it’s a bad thing…

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    You know, they say that like it’s a bad thing…

  • Simiantongue

    It’s a well known adage that “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it”.

    It’s a lesser known adage that “Those who study history are doomed to sit around with twenty six corpses dressed as dolls”.

    Certainly the latter is bound to apply to fewer situations so it’s likely that it will not be used as often as the former, hence it will not be as widely known, but that doesn’t make it any less prescient or wizened.

    Yes wizened was an intended pun.

  • Simiantongue

    It’s a well known adage that “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it”.

    It’s a lesser known adage that “Those who study history are doomed to sit around with twenty six corpses dressed as dolls”.

    Certainly the latter is bound to apply to fewer situations so it’s likely that it will not be used as often as the former, hence it will not be as widely known, but that doesn’t make it any less prescient or wizened.

    Yes wizened was an intended pun.

  • Simiantongue

    It’s a well known adage that “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it”.

    It’s a lesser known adage that “Those who study history are doomed to sit around with twenty six corpses dressed as dolls”.

    Certainly the latter is bound to apply to fewer situations so it’s likely that it will not be used as often as the former, hence it will not be as widely known, but that doesn’t make it any less prescient or wizened.

    Yes wizened was an intended pun.

  • Simiantongue

    Isn’t there some sort of perverse logic in someone being so entrenched in history keeping the company of people stuck in it?

  • Simiantongue

    Isn’t there some sort of perverse logic in someone being so entrenched in history keeping the company of people stuck in it?

  • Simiantongue

    Isn’t there some sort of perverse logic in someone being so entrenched in history keeping the company of people stuck in it?

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    OK that’s weird,
    but is it more weird than lying about Saddam having WMD
    invading Iraq,
    killing and maiming thousands of people
    just so that business can have profits?

  • BuzzCoastin

    OK that’s weird,
    but is it more weird than lying about Saddam having WMD
    invading Iraq,
    killing and maiming thousands of people
    just so that businesses can have profits?

  • Anonymous

    “This seems completely and utterly normal I don’t know why anyone would have an issue with this,” says Russian man with poker face on.

  • Anonymous

    “This seems completely and utterly normal I don’t know why anyone would have an issue with this,” says Russian man with poker face on.

  • Anonymous

    “This seems completely and utterly normal I don’t know why anyone would have an issue with this,” says Russian man with poker face on.

  • SF2K01

    “This seems completely and utterly normal I don’t know why anyone would have an issue with this,” says Russian man with poker face on.

  • Jon

    I’m not sure how rusty your Russian is, but that Interfax article is saying that 29 skeletons were found. 

  • Jon

    I’m not sure how rusty your Russian is, but that Interfax article is saying that 29 skeletons were found. 

  • Jecht

    He’s no historian, he’s a linguist. I’m on the same faculty.

  • Jecht

    He’s no historian, he’s a linguist. I’m on the same faculty.

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