MOSCOW – Two Russians who were rescued in November after four months lost in the wilderness of the Far East ate the corpse of a companion to survive, reports said Monday.
A group of four men had disappeared in August on a river-fishing expedition to the vast Yakutia region in the Russian Far East.
Only two of the men were finally helicoptered to safety and the discovery of fragments of a human corpse at their campsite prompted investigators to open a murder case.
“During questioning, one of the witnesses testified that cannibalism did indeed take place,” a source told the Komsomolskaya Pranda daily.
“It was not murder,” the source said. “They ate the man after he died from being unable to cope with the conditions.”