A bitter divorce battle has led to cryogenically frozen human remains being taken from a storage facility.
People from all over the world paid thousands of pounds hoping to be brought back to life – once science allows it – and had their remains stored at a cryo-storage facility in Moscow, Russia.
Valeria Udalova, 59, claims she is the legitimate owner of said remains and ordered her staff to seize them from KrioRus, the company she used to run alongside her ex-husband, Danila Medvedev, 41.
The raiders drained liquid nitrogen from giant dewar flasks containing frozen bodies and grabbed these and some detached human brains, then loaded them on trucks.
Police were called and managed to intercept the human cargo but were unsuccessful in capturing Udalova.
Medvedev told RTVi: "The police did not catch Valeria. She left, taking someone's brain from the cryo-storage. The brains of our neuro-patients were kept separately, in special metal medical boxes."
Both Medvedev and Udalova – who started a new company called Open Cryonics in Tver region – claim to be the legitimate owner of the remains.
Police are now examining the rival claims while demanding the feuding ex-spouses guarantee the “integrity” of the frozen corpses and brains as well as the bodies of dozens of dogs and cats that owners wanted to bring back to life in the future.
There are fears the remains may have been damaged in the raid.
“Valeria did not do it well, she just cheated,” alleged Medvedev, who started a new family with another woman.
“There was a risk of damage, it is impossible to transport dewars in a horizontal position.”
“While attempting to steal our dewars, this nitrogen was spilled, most of the nitrogen was poured onto the ground,” added Aleksey Potapov, an expert with KrioRus.
The human remains "began to heat up”.
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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.
“This is the reason why Medvedev wanted to take KrioRus for himself.”
The cost of full body cryopreservation is around £26,000, or to save only the brain, £11,000.
Some 82 patients were in the company's warehouse, including 25 foreigners.
Among the brains frozen in the Moscow store is Dr Yuri Pichugin, who died in 2018 after inventing the chemical cocktail which preserves people for posterity in a deep freeze at minus 196C.
A brain “woken” in the decades or centuries to come could be implanted in another human body, it is claimed.
For some this is a sci-fi nightmare and a macabre affront to nature, for others a realistic prospect and a tantalising step towards everlasting life.
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