Anatoly Moskvin, a highly educated historian and a journalist in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia’s fifth-largest city, who speaks 13 languages, and famous for teaching at various college levels, was charged and arrested for a grievous offense.
The self-proclaimed expert on cemeteries and self-titled necropolyst, who is known to be very intelligent and exposed, was arrested for a crime many considered cruel and beyond comprehension.
In an interview, one of his colleagues described his work as “priceless.”
It’s however sad that Moskvin’s expertise, which was envied by many took a strange turn when he was arrested in 2011.
The police arrested the historian after the bodies of 29 girls were found mummified in the apartment he lived in.
Posing them as vintage dolls, Moskvin mummified the bodies of the 29 girls between the ages of 3 and 25 and left them lying in his apartment.
Is This A Ritual?
Nothing seems to justify Moskvin’s act than what many have tagged to be a sort of an unconventional ritual.
When asked about his bizarre actions, Moskvin revealed that his obsession with death was linked to a 1979 incident that occurred when he was 13.
According to a story he shared in a weekly publication dedicated to obituaries and cemeteries – Necrologies, Moskvin revealed how the incident contributed to who he had become.
He revealed how a group of men who were en route to the funeral of 11-year-old Natasha Petrova had stopped him on his way home from school.
He stated that the men had dragged him to Natasha’s coffin and forced him to kiss her corpse. Afterward, the girl’s grieving mother placed a wedding ring on her daughter’s finger and his finger.
“I kissed her once, then again, then again.”
Moskvin revealed that his strange marriage to Natasha’s corpse led him to believe in human’s supernatural relationship with the dead.
He said in the article, “My strange marriage with Natasha Petrova was useful.” Not only is the supposed marriage strange, but the story in itself is stranger.
Whether true or not, nothing changes the fact that Moskvin’s disturbing thoughts and acts may go unchecked for years.
Obsession With The Dead
Being forced to kiss a corpse at a young age may have triggered Moskvin’s interest in cemeteries. Not only did he gain delight in visiting cemeteries from his school age, but his interest also triggered him to get an advanced degree in Celtic Studies.
In relatable discussions about his extensive knowledge of the region’s dead, he revealed that:
“I don’t think anyone in the city knows them better than I do.”
The historian also claimed to have visited 752 cemeteries in Nizhny Novgorod between 2005 and 2007.
During his weird sojourns, he walked up to 20miles per day to take notes on each of the people that were buried in the cemeteries.
More surprisingly, he revealed how he spent a night in a deceased person’s coffin, a few hours to the scheduled funeral.