Russian police find 20 skeletons in man's flat: reports
Police found around 20 sets of human remains apparently dug up from graves in a man's apartment in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russian news agencies reported Thursday.
"It's known that the suspect is a 45-year-old man who is into local history. Apparently the bodies were dug up from graves at different cemeteries," a police source told the Interfax news agency.
The bodies were "dried up," Interfax reported.
"During an investigation into grave desecrations, investigators held a male Nizhny Novgorod resident and found more than 20 skeletons he had apparently dug up and brought home," a law enforcement source told the RIA Novosti news agency.
A spokesman for Nizhny Novgorod's police told AFP he did not have any information on the case, while a spokeswoman for the city's investigative committee said she would only be able to comment after Friday's public holiday.
Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, is set to visit Nizhny Novgorod on Friday.
Life News sensationalist website reported that investigators found 23 remains of women in the suspect's two-bedroom apartment, citing police.
It said the man was a well-known local expert on cemeteries.
The man's parents called police after they found the remains on return from spending the summer at their dacha, Life News reported.
Criminal Chronicle, a city news website, reported that the bodies had been clothed "in dresses and other clothing," citing law enforcers.
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