The Daily Beast reports that a Russian historian, whose academic specialty is researching cemeteries, was caught with 29 mummified corpses of women and girls between the ages of 15 and 26 in his apartment in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s fourth-largest city. Anatoly Moskvin is accused of desecrating more than 150 graves in the region, according to the report.
The corpses looked like dolls until detectives searching the apartment took a closer look.
At first sight, the little figures of girls mounted on top of the bundles of old books and papers, or half-lying on the couches, could be taken for big, soft stuffed dolls. The camera zooms in to their faces, which are wrapped in light beige fabric, and settles on the painted eyes. The girl figure on the couch wears a knitted hat with a pinned rose and a lilac sweater; her legs, covered by white tights, are elegantly crossed. The camera moves down to the feet; the girl is wearing white shoes. The next “doll” in the corner has long, curled, blonde hair and wears a silk wedding dress with a veil running down to the floor. She could be 10 or 12 years old. “These dolls are made of mummified human remains,” the voiceover on the video says.