A Russian scientist working on a research base in Antarctica is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly stabbing a colleague who kept spoiling the end of books he was reading while on base.
Sergey Savitsky is accused of stabbing Oleg Beloguzov after an alleged dispute over Beloguzov constantly ruining the endings of books that Savitsky had taken out from the library at Bellingshausen Station. You have to admit: it’s a pretty funny bit, though one can imagine that it might get a little tiresome after he did it a few times.
Savitsky was taken to St Petersburg, where he was arrested and charged. According to Russian news agency Interfax, he “surrendered on his own and without resistance to the station manager.”
The stabbing caused injury to Beloguzov’s heart, and he was rushed to the nearest hospital in Chile, where he was treated in an intensive care unit. He is expected to survive.
Bellingshausen Station is located in the South Shetland Islands in Antarctica.
Alexander Klepikov, the deputy director of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, had this to say:
They are both professional scientists who have been working in our expeditions, spending yearlong seasons at the station. It is down to investigators to figure out what sparked the conflict, but both men are members of our team.
There’s almost certainly a lesson in here, either about how being confined on the most remote and desolate environment on Earth can send you a bit stir-crazy, or that spoilers are evil. I’m happy for you to take either message home.