Scientist is ‘First Man to be Charged with Attempted Murder in Antarctica’ | Plunged Knife into Colleague’s Heart

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Antarctica, stabbing, attempted murder
The Russian Bellingshausen station in Antarctica, the site of the alleged stabbing. Credit: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

A scientist in a remote outpost in Antarctica has made history as ‘the first man to be charged with attempted murder in Antarctica’. It is alleged he plunged a kitchen knife into the heart of his colleague because he was fed up with the man telling him the endings of books, reports The Guardian.

Sergey Savitsky, 55, and Oleg Beloguzov, 52, were avid readers to pass the lonely hours during four harsh years together. But Savitsky became angry after Beloguzov kept telling him the endings, and may have suffered an emotional breakdown.

Antarctica, stabbing, attempted murder
Bellingshausen station on King George Island.

The alleged attack occurred on 9 October in the canteen of Bellingshausen station on King George Island, the Interfax news agency said. It added that the suspect had voluntarily surrendered to the station manager without resistance.

The victim is now in intensive care after being flown from Russia’s Bellingshausen research station to Chile with a knife injury to his heart.

The Bellingshausen station was founded by the Soviet Union in 1968 and is named after the 19th-century Russian explorer of the Antarctic.

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