Moscow: The frozen bodies and detached brains of people who paid vast sums of money to be cryogenically frozen have been taken from a Russian facility in a corporate dispute between a former husband and wife.
Danila Medvedev, 41, said that his ex-wife and former business partner had ordered her staff to seize the bodies during a raid on his KrioRus facility near Moscow.
Cryopreservation cools and stores cells at a temperature below the freezing point permitting high rates of survivability of the cells upon thawing.
“[She] was infuriated when the board of directors fired her in 2019, two years after we divorced. She is taking revenge through raiding our company,” Medvedev said.
The raiders last week “entered the cryopreservation warehouse, knocked down a part of the container wall, drained some of the nitrogen and grabbed a number of frozen bodies and detached brains”, he said.
Police were called by Medvedev and intercepted the cargo shortly after the truck left the facility.
He said his company was still assessing the extent of the damage to the bodies taken by Valeria Udalova, 59, and urged police to start an investigation.
Udalova, however, said she was the legitimate owner of the remains while acknowledging that she told her staff to seize them from KrioRus.