‘Cannibal’ girl boasted to classmates she ‘cooked and ate human flesh’

‘Cannibal’ girl, 12, boasts to classmates she ‘cooked and ate human flesh’ while being held by Russian paedophile and tells them ‘what brains taste like’

  • Girl named Valeria involved in high-profile Russian cannibal and paedophile case
  • She boasted about eating human flesh and with 22-year-old man Arkady Zverev
  • He was facing trial for cannibalism, murder and raping 12-year-old victim Valeria
  • Zverev fell into a coma after trying to take his own life and died in jail before trial

A 12-year-old ‘cannibal’ girl boasted to classmates she ‘cooked and ate human flesh’ with a 22-year-old man who called her his ‘girlfriend’. 

The child – named Valeria – was involved in a high-profile cannibal and paedophile case in Russia after she last year absconded with Arkady Zverev.

He died in custody earlier this year ahead of his trial for murder, cannibalism and raping his child victim.

Angry parents have demanded the girl is expelled from school after she ‘told classmates how she cooked and ate human flesh and other body parts’.

She told other students ‘about what brains taste like’, it is alleged. 

The 12-year-old schoolgirl allegedly told classmates that she ‘cooked and ate human flesh and other body parts’

Arkady Zverev died in custody earlier this year ahead of his trial for murder, cannibalism and raping his child victim

Valeria was below the age of criminal responsibility and did not face legal action despite law enforcement sources saying she confessed to police how she used a frying pan to cook and eat the heart of the murdered man – saying the taste was ‘too sweet’ while ‘the brains turned out to be much more tasty’.

The girl – present when victim Alexander Popovich, 21, was killed – was instead sent to an orphanage and a state school in Krasnodar region.

A parent said: ‘No-one would have known her identity but for the fact that after a month at this school with our children, she started telling them details of what happened. She told them about the taste of human brains.’

Parents immediately protested to the headteacher and demanded the girl’s exclusion.

A video shows a meeting attended by 100 irate parents with education chiefs and local leaders at the school in Medvedovskaya village.

‘My child is afraid to go to school after talking to this girl,’ said one mother.

Zverev showed officers how he stabbed Alexander Popovich, 21, to death before dismembering his body and eating parts of him

The house in the Leningrad Oblast region, near St Petersburg, where the attack took place

Zverev is pictured in court during his initial appearance, when he was charged with murder

‘We demand she is removed from the village and transferred to a special school away from our children.’

They threatened to keep their own their children at home unless the authorities acted.

Antonina Tsibulevskaya, orphanage director, claimed Valeria was ‘an absolutely normal child with no deviations’.

Other children approached the girl and asked her for details of her cannibalism, she said.

It was ‘lies’ the girl told classmates ‘about the taste of human meat or talked in detail about the murder.

‘She didn’t kill anyone. I know that the other children approach her and questioned her about it all.’

After the protest, it is understood the girl will not return to the school.

Arkady Zverev, 22, fell into a coma four months ago after trying to take his own life inside his prison cell and died in hospital several months later, Russian police say

The girl, who has not been named, told officers how she cut out and fried the victim’s heart but found it ‘too sweet’, while his brains tasted ‘much better’

Instead she be taught by a teacher going to her orphanage while a long term plan is made.

Before he was found dead in his cell, Zverev had told a Russian court how he gouged out an eye of his victim, boiling and eating it along with the heart and brain in the company of Valeria who he called his ‘girlfriend’.

He explained how he used an axe to dismember Popovich and put the severed head of the victim in a microwave oven, turning it on the highest setting for three minutes.

He admitted having sex with the 12-year-old who he took on a car journey some 1,500 miles from the Black Sea resort of Sochi to St Petersburg without her parents’ permission.

Zverev showed detectives in a macabre video how he killed his victim in Novinka village near St Petersburg.

Valeria could not be charged despite her alleged confession that she stabbed the victim and opened his abdomen with a knife after his death.

Zverev had been charged with murder and was expected to be charged with rape of a minor after he told police how he killed a man and ate him along with his 12-year-old ‘girlfriend’

She said she ‘cooked the human meat’.

Galina Popovich, mother of the murdered man, said: ‘We received a phone call and were told the criminal case will be closed now Zverev is dead.

‘The suspect passed away, and the schoolgirl is too young. What can I say? I don’t care what happened to this suspect.’

She said that he ‘expressed remorse’ before his death, ‘but the schoolgirl did not’.

Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper cited Russian Investigative Committee officials saying ‘the young girl took part in this massacre’.

But because she was below 14, she was ‘interrogated as an underage witness and placed into a special detention centre for children’.

Later she was released to the orphanage.

Zverev, from the Altai mountains in Siberia, previously had a relationship with another underage girl called Olga Semibokova who died after falling from a window.

This girl was 15 when they began having sex and died last year when she was 18.

Her parents demanded that police should reopen the investigation into her death.

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