Russians river-fishing adventurers lost in wild 'ate companion' to survive
Two Russian men, who disappeared in August on a river-fishing expedition to the vast Yakutia region in the Russian Far East, ate the corpse of a companion in order to survive, it has emerged.
A group of four men went missing after they reached vast Yakutia region, one of the most remote and inhospitable places in the world.
Only two of the men were finally helicoptered to safety at the end of November and the discovery of fragments of a human corpse at their campsite prompted investigators to open a murder case amid rumours of cannibalism.
According to News.com.au, the two survivors have not been arrested, but are being treated as witnesses in the murder case.
However it appears investigators are now certain cannibalism took place, the report said.
Yakutia newsite NVPress.ru also quoted local investigators as saying that the fisherman named Alexander Abdullayev confessed that he and the other survivor Alexei Gorulenko ate the corpse of Andrei Kurochkin.
"According to Abdullayev, Kurochkin died a natural death - he froze to death - and he and Alexei Gorulenko fed themselves with his flesh for weeks," NVPress.ru said.