Cannibal who killed three of his friends and ATE them jailed for life

Cannibal who killed three of his friends and ATE them is jailed for life in Russia

  • Eduard Seleznev, 51, was convicted of killing 3 friends between 2016 and 2017 
  • Seleznev admitted stabbing friends aged 59, 43 and 34 while they were drunk
  • He then boiled their bodies and ate their cooked remains, and dumped the rest
  • Russian court confirmed Seleznev’s life sentence following unsuccessful appeal

A Russian cannibal who murdered three friends and ate parts of their bodies has been jailed for life. 

Eduard Seleznev, 51, from Arkhangelsk in the north-western region of Arkhangelsk Oblast, was convicted of killing three friends between March 2016 and March 2017.

Known as the ‘Arkhangelsk Cannibal’, Seleznev admitted stabbing his friends – aged 59, 43 and 34 – to death while they were passed out drunk, before boiling their bodies and eating their cooked remains.

The highest court in Russia today confirmed Seleznev’s life sentence following an unsuccessful appeal by his lawyers.  

The victims – who have not been named – were sliced up by Seleznev, who kept the flesh he wanted to eat in plastic bags and dumped the rest in a local river. 

Russian cannibal Eduard Seleznev, 51, from Arkhangelsk in the north-western region of Arkhangelsk Oblast, was convicted of killing three friends between March 2016 and March 2017

He moved into one of his victim’s flats after he killed and ate him, telling the man’s parents their son had gone to work in another city.

Eduard Seleznev, 51, (pictured when he was arrested) from Arkhangelsk in the north-western region of Arkhangelsk Oblast, was convicted of killing three friends between March 2016 and March 2017

He repeated the same story to police officers who started a missing person investigation.

His other two victims did not have family to look for them. 

The court heard Seleznev also cooked local cats, dogs, birds and other small animals found on the streets. 

When the bodies of the men were eventually discovered, police said the advanced state of decay and the condition after they had been partially cut up made them difficult to identify.

Seleznev is understood to have already served 13 years in prison for another double murder.

Psychiatrists declared him sane and fully responsible for killing his three friends and Seleznev was ordered to stand trial again for his latest crimes.

The Russian criminal code does not include cannibalism so the defendant was on trial for murder and misusing the victims’ body parts.

The Russian Supreme Court – after re-evaluating all the evidence – sentenced Seleznev to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.


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The victims – who have not been named – were sliced up by Seleznev (pictured with police), who kept the flesh he wanted to eat in plastic bags and dumped in a local river

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