Antarctic Researcher Stabs Colleague At Remote Outpost

MSN | 3/13/2014 | David Brennan
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An Antarctic researcher at a remote Russian science station has been charged with attempted murder after stabbing his colleague in a sudden outburst of violence.

Russia - Interfax - News - Agency - Sergey

According to Russia’s Interfax news agency, Sergey Savitsky attacked his fellow scientist on October 9, possibly after suffering an emotional breakdown, stabbing him at least once.

The two men had been living and working together for six months at Russia’s Bellingshausen station on King George Island, more than 500 miles off the southern coast of Argentina.

Interfax - Attack - Place - Station - Canteen

Interfax reported that the attack took place in the station’s canteen. The agency said Savitsky deliberately targeted his colleague, named only as B, with a knife. The attacker later surrendered to the station manager without resistance.

The injured researcher was sent for medical treatment in Chile while Savitsky has been placed under house arrest at the base until December 8. Russian authorities are yet to comment on the incident, The Guardian reported.

Bellingshausen - Station - Antarctic - Research - Facilities

The Bellingshausen station, built in 1968, was one of the first Antarctic research facilities established by the Soviet Union. It is named for the the 19th century Russian Antarctic explorer Fabian von Bellingshausen.

The base sits just 650 feet from...
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