A bitter divorce battle in Russia has resulted in cryogenically frozen bodies being seized in an extraordinary daytime raid.
Staff of a company founded by Valeria Udalova, 59, seized the remains of people – including from Britain and the US – who paid thousands of pounds in hopes of being brought back to life when science allows.
She and her team raided the company run by her ex-husband Danila Medvedev, 41, in the Moscow region, home to Russia’s largest cryo-storage facility, reports say.
They extracted liquid nitrogen from giant dewars containing frozen bodies, seized it and some loose human brains, then loaded them onto trucks.
Staff of a company founded by Valeria Udalova, 59, seized the remains of people – including from Britain and the US – who paid thousands of pounds in hopes of being brought back to life when science permits (Photo: The Dewar Tanks be filled with nitrogen)
A truck carrying the allegedly looted giant dewar vats used to contain the human remains is stopped by police on Sept.
Valeria Udalova, 59, (left) disputes that her ex-husband Danila Medvedev, 41, is the rightful owner of the human remains
The police were called and intercepted the macabre load of human remains preserved by ‘Frankenstein’ technology that offers people the chance to ‘come back to life’ in the future.
But Medvedev told RTVi: “The police have not caught Valeria. She went and took someone’s brain from cryo storage.
‘The brains of our neuropatients were kept separately, in special metal medical boxes.’
Both Medvedev, who runs KrioRus, and his ex-boss Udalova, who started a new company called Open Cryonics in the Tver region, claim to be the legitimate owners of the human remains.
Police are now investigating the rival claims, demanding that the feuding ex-spouses guarantee the ‘integrity’ of the frozen corpses and brains, as well as the bodies of dozens of dogs and cats owners sought to bring back to life in the future.
It is feared that the remains were damaged in the raid.
“Valeria wasn’t doing it right, she was just cheating,” claimed Medvedev, who started a new family with another woman.
According to reports, the ex-wife’s team raided the facility
Giant Dewar vats containing the frozen remains can be seen on the back of a truck
‘There was a risk of damage, it is impossible to transport dewars horizontally.’
“While we were trying to steal our dewars, this nitrogen was spilled, most of the nitrogen was poured onto the ground,” added Aleksey Potapov, an expert at KrioRus.
The human remains ‘started to warm up’.
Udalova claims she was unfairly evicted from her old company and is the rightful owner of the assets.
“There are a lot of orders from different countries, especially from dog and cat owners,” she said.
“This is why Medvedev wanted to take KrioRus for himself.”
The cost of whole-body cryopreservation is about £26,000, or to save just the brain, £11,000.
Valeria Udalova, 59, started her own company but used to have business with her husband
Medvedev runs Russia’s leading cryo-storage facility
There were about 82 patients 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 that keeps humans for posterity in a freezer at minus 196C.
A brain that is “awakened” in the coming decades or centuries could be implanted in another human body, it is claimed.
For some this is a science fiction nightmare and a macabre insult to nature, for others a realistic prospect and a tantalizing step towards eternal life.