Russian admits eating companion to survive in Far East


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.”