RUS | Sep 10, 2021

Those brains and bodies are mine!: Divorce battle leads to bodysnatching from cryo-storage

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KrioRus (pictured) has morphed into one of the biggest cryonics companies in the world, rivalling its American counterparts (Photo: KrioRus)

Talk about taking a divorce battle to another level!

The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom is reporting that the split between a Russian couple has led to cryogenically frozen bodies being seized in an extraordinary day-time raid.

According to the online news platform, a team put together by 59-year-old Valeria Udalova grabbed the remains of people who paid a fortune in hopes of being brought back to life once science catches up with science fiction.

Udalova and her team raided the company she set up, called KrioRus, but run by her ex-husband Danila Medvedev, 41, near Moscow, which is home to Russia’s leading cryo-storage facility.

Danila Medvedev, operator of KrioRus. (Photo: KrioRus)

After draining liquid nitrogen from giant tanks containing frozen bodies, they grabbed the bodies and some detached human brains and then loaded them on trucks. 

But police were called and, before the body snatchers could get away, they were intercepted.

Medvedev later told Russian television that his ex-wife was able to get away with a brain from the cryo-storage facility.  

Both Medvedev and Udalova, who started a new company called Open Cryonics in Tver region, claim to be the legitimate owners of the human remains.

While police look into the ownership claims, and with concerns that the cadavers may have been damaged during the raid, law enforcement has demanded that the former couple guarantee the ‘integrity’ of the frozen bodies and brains as well as the remains of several cats and dogs that owners wanted to bring back to life in the future.

(Photo: KrioRus)

Udalova claims she was unfairly ousted from her old company and is the rightful owner of its assets.

“There are a lot of orders from different countries, especially from dog and cat owners,” she said, arguing that this was why her ex-husband wanted to take the company for himself.

The cost of full body cryopreservation is around £26,000, or to save only the brain, £11,000 and KrioRus had around 82 patients in its warehouse, including 25 from outside of Russia.

One of the brains held in the Moscow facility is that of Dr Yuri Pichugin, who died in 2018 after inventing the chemical cocktail that preserves people for posterity in a deep freeze at minus 196C.

It is theorised that a brain ‘woken’ in the decades or centuries to come could be implanted in another human body.


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