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The polar explorer tried to kill a colleague in the Antarctic and surrendered. He could go for it because of the long life at the station

Now the man is under house arrest, and the victim – in the hospital.

Bellingshausen station. Photo Wikimedia
Bellingshausen station. Photo Wikimedia

Polar explorer Sergei Savitsky attempted to kill a colleague at the northernmost (close to the equator) Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen, located on King George Island. According to the investigation, on October 9, he struck the victim with “at least one” knife strike.

On the morning of October 23, the St. Petersburg court sent the polar explorer under house arrest until December 8. The man was accused of attempted murder, he did not object to the court decision. According to an Interfax source close to the situation, Savitsky himself surrendered to the station head, who is a state representative.

The interlocutor of the agency clarified that the cause of the incident could be “exacerbation of the situation in conditions of being in a confined space” – the inhabitants of the station were on it for more than six months. “Fontanka” clarified that the relationship between them deteriorated.

According to the source, the victim was sent to a hospital in Chile. His name was not disclosed, but according to Fontanka, the wounded man is a 52-year-old resident of the Leningrad Region, who worked at the station as a welder.

The Russian station among polar explorers is considered a “resort”: usually the temperature there is about zero degrees, and in the coldest month it drops to -6. Transportation to Bellingshausen runs all year round, in contrast to the more close to the South Pole stations. Some polar explorers have to spend more than half a year in a confined space because of the polar winter, which does not allow them to get to the aircraft.

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