BELLINGSHAUSEN STATION, Antarctica — That’s some truly cold-blooded stuff.
In the first known attempted murder ever in Antarctica, a Russian engineer search station at a remote research station allegedly snapped and tried to stab a coworker to death because he kept giving away the endings of books.
Sergei Savitskiy, 54, had been relying on the books to pass the long months at Bellingshausen Station on King George Island, but his colleague Oleg Beloguzov, a 52-year-old welder, kept spoiling the endings.
Eventually, Savitskiy blew his top, and plunged a kitchen knife into Beloguzov’s chest, according to the Moskovskii Komsomlets newspaper. Beloguzov was flown to the nearest hospital, in Chile and is expected to survive.
Fellow workers said while the blow up over the books was the last straw, the two men had long been at each others’ throats and that working in the close confines of the station only fueled the enmity.
Savitskiy was sent back to St. Petersburg, where he had been charged with attempted murder. While he admitted to the stabbing, Savitskiy insists he didn’t mean to kill Beloguzov.
The station, which was set up by the Soviets in 1968, is located in one of Antarctica’s few mild regions — where winter temperatures hover around a balmy 15 degrees.
Workers there spend their free time flipping between two Russian TV channels, exercising at a gym — or reading in the research library.