A Russian tomb raider who guarded a house of horrors with 26 bodies of dead little girls he had mummified has been refused an offer of freedom so he can marry.
Historian Anatoly Moskvin, 55, from the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, was arrested ten years ago after discovering he had unearthed corpses of girls aged between three and twelve.
However, instead of being prosecuted, he was found mentally unfit to stand trial and sent to a psychiatric clinic.
But Moskvin’s lawyers say that after nine years of treatment, he is now well enough to become an outpatient and that he wanted to move to Moscow and get married.
Historian Anatoly Moskvin, 55 (left) was denied his request to be released from a psychiatric clinic in Russia to marry his girlfriend
He was arrested ten years ago after it emerged that he had dug up corpses of girls aged three to 12 in order to mummify them.
They say he also planned to write a book and find a job as a language teacher, taking advantage of the fact that he speaks 13 languages.
Before his arrest, it was revealed that he had never had a girlfriend and was a virgin, but after his arrest he apparently befriended a language student.
However, the Leninsky District Court learned that friendship cannot turn into marriage until it is outpatient.
Investigators who were alerted to his horrific collection of bodies of dead little girls that he had dressed as dolls and positioned around his house were warned after his parents visited him as they returned from vacation and have spotted the mummies.
He was described as a “mad genius” in court proceedings, where it was decided that he was unfit to stand trial based on a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, and he was sent to a clinic. psychiatric clinic instead, in May 2012.
The macabre collection included detailed notes on each of the tiny bodies, and he had also conducted research online on the bizarre subject of making mummified dolls from human remains.
Investigators were alerted to his gruesome collection of bodies, which he had dressed as dolls and placed around his house, after Moskvin’s parents visited.
Although 26 bodies were found at his home at the time of his arrest, it is believed that he had unearthed an astonishing number of 150 graves before he was finally apprehended. In the photo: a head of one of the corpses covered in wax
He had claimed his fascination with corpses dated back to an incident as a child, in which he was forced by an adult to kiss the head of an 11-year-old girl who died in a coffin during her funeral.
Although 26 bodies were found at his home at the time of his arrest, it is believed that he unearthed an astonishing number of 150 graves before he was eventually apprehended.
Prior to his arrest, he was well known in academic circles for his knowledge of Celtic history, with a particular emphasis on interment rights, as well as for his language skills.