Deranged man who exhumed bodies of 29 girls and mummified their corpses could soon be released: Reports

Anatoly Moskvin, 52, was sent to a maximum security psychiatric clinic because he was suffering from schizophrenia and couldn't stand trial

                            Deranged man who exhumed bodies of 29 girls and mummified their corpses could soon be released: Reports


Anatoly Moskvin, 52, admittedly dug up 29 dead children and mummified their corpses, turning them into dolls in the apartment he shared with his parents who surprisingly had no idea of his horrific activities.

In a shocking incident, Moskvin reportedly told the distressed parents present in the court, “You abandoned your girls, I brought them home and warmed them up.”

According to, the Russian dressed the dead children in stockings as he mummified them. He made the corpses wear girls clothing and knee-length boots in order to make them look like dolls while also applying makeup and lipstick on their faces.

Like his macabre makeover wasn't enough, Moskvin also wedged music boxes inside their rib cages, per multiple reports.

Authorities revealed that the deranged man marked all their birthdays on a calendar in his bedroom. Moskvin had even kept one of the girls' remains with him for a staggering nine years before police found out about his activities and apprehended him.

Her mother, 46-year-old Natalia Chardymova, was totally oblivious that her daughter's coffin was empty during her regular visits to the gravesite.

The 52-year-old eventually admitted to 44 counts of abusing the graves and corpses of girls aged three to 12 in 2013. But the court ruled that he was suffering from schizophrenia and couldn't stand trial. He was ultimately sent to a maximum security psychiatric clinic.

According to reports, Moskvin was a historian and was described in court as a "genius" who had authored multiple scientific papers. He also gave a number of explanations for his petrifying behavior.

According to him, he was simply waiting for science to come up with ways to bring these girls to life again. He also said he wanted to be an expert in "making mummies", reports.

That said, an official request from psychiatrists is pushing for his release from a secure hospital in order to continue his treatment at home where he kept the girls. The court is yet to rule on the said request.


Chardymova, whose daughter Olga was one of the 29 girls he dug up from the graveyards, is furious that Moskvin is being considered for release. All the girls were found in his apartment in the large city of Nizhny Novgorod in western Russia.

Little Olga was murdered aged ten in 2002. The said psychiatrists passed a recommendation to the court every six months to keep him locked up ever since his conviction. However, due to what they claim as "progress in his treatment", the circumstances have now changed, they say.

His apparent release, which could come as soon as this week, has sparked fear among many, especially considering that Russian courts usually follow the recommendations of experts. Chardymova said she was appalled to hear the possibility of Moskvin's release. She now has a son aged nine.

“This creature brought fear, terror, and panic into my (life),” she said. "I shudder to think that he will have freedom to go where he wants. Neither my family nor the families of the other victims will be able to sleep peacefully. He needs to be kept under surveillance. I insist on a life sentence. Only under medical supervision, without the right of free movement.”

After his arrest, Moskvin's mother told authorities at the time: “We saw these dolls but we did not suspect there were dead bodies inside. We thought it was his hobby to make such big dolls and did not see anything wrong with it.”