arrested cannibalism

anonymous asked:

Speak to us about the siege of Leningrad and why it's so important to you? please thankyou?

nine hundred days of starvation, hypothermia, mortars, snipers, cannibalism, torture, arrests, and despair so deep that it seemed like nobody was ever going to make it out the other side. all one big microchasm for what had been happening to russia for the last twenty five years. millions dead, millions tortured and imprisoned, millions suffering under the weight of one of the blackest regimes ever to blight the face of the earth. 

but it couldn’t fucking get the job done, could it? 

nine hundred days of the worst conditions of the worst period of human history, and it couldn’t fucking do it. akhmatova wrote her poems. shostakovich put on his concert. ivan bilbin’s illustrations are on my bookshelf. spring came, the survivors got about the business of surviving, the dead were remembered, and there’s still kids ice-skating on the neva. 

no dark thing lasts, friendo. it just doesn’t have the guts. 

Help me fact check something?

So, one of my favorite fun facts to tell people is that cannibalism isn’t actually illegal in the united states. I tell tons of people this and most find it interesting or ask me to clarify and mention Jeffrey Dahmer or Ed Gein and ask something like “well what about them what did they get arrested for?” and I’d explain that they were arrested for murder, assault, rape, desecration of a corpse… etc. but NOT arrested for cannibalism, bc it’s not EXPLICITLY outlawed. most people accept this and move on.

this guy the other day… did fucking not. He was like 60- something years old and butted into a conversation I was having with my friend while she was at work and I mentioned the fact to her and he like interrupted me and was like, “UM actually…. it is against the law” and I fought back and said no… there’s no law in any state or federal constitution (is that the right word?) that says that a person can’t consume human flesh. And he fought back with a basic argument like “but u cant murder ppl” and it went on for minutes with him throwing out fake shit and me refuting it all with the facts. eventually I gave up bc he wasnt listening and just wanted to be right and i just said, “fine whatever I guess you can’t eat people” or something. BUT ITS BEEN BUGGING ME.

I trust you guys and I just really gotta know FOR SURE that there is no law in the united states that says cannibalism is illegal. I’m pretty sure I’m right but maybe this 60 year old man child was onto something. Also if i’m gonna be telling everyone i know this lil fun fact I want it to be true.

*submission*

Imagine your OTP buying pies containing mystery meat at a rather shady bakeshop. Soon enough they realize what they are eating is human flesh.

Inspector Javert barges into the room to arrest them for cannibalism, but your OTP kills him before that can happen. They then cook him and share him with the entire neighborhood.

Plot twist: When they thought they just got away with it, the Inspector’s ghost shows up and arrests everyone.

Pakistan police re-arrest cannibal after fears he ate child

BBC News:Police in Pakistan have re-arrested a man who previously admitted to cannibalism on suspicion of eating a young child.

He was arrested after neighbors reported a smell of rotten flesh coming from his home, where police found a severed child’s head following a search.

Photo: Mohammad Arif Ali (left) in police custody, 14 April 2014 (Photo courtesy of Ikram Piracha)

The Nazino affair was the mass deportation of 6,000 people, 4,000 of whom died, on Nazino Island (Russian: Остров Назино) in the Soviet Union in 1933. The small, isolated Western Siberian island is located about 800 km north of Tomsk, in Alexandrovsky District, Tomsk Oblast near the confluence of the Ob and Nazina Rivers.

In February 1933 Genrikh Yagoda, head of the OGPU or secret police, and Matvei Berman, head of the GULAG proposed a self-described “grandiose plan” to Stalin to resettle up to 2,000,000 people to Siberia and Kazakhstan in “special settlements”. The deportees or settlers were to bring over a million hectares of virgin land into production, and become self-sufficient in two years.

The original plan targeted several types of kulaks, peasants, “urban elements”, people living on the USSR’s western frontiers, and petty criminals. By early Spring 1933 the number had been reduced to 1,000,000 deportees. Stalin rejected the plan in May 1933, about the time that deportees arrived on Nazino Island.

Many of the deportees were people in Moscow and Leningrad who had been unable to obtain an internal passport. The passportization campaign began with a December 27, 1932 decision by the Politburo to issue internal passports to all residents of major cities. One of their objectives was to “cleanse Moscow, Leningrad and the other great urban centers of the USSR of superfluous elements not connected with production or administrative work, as well as kulaks, criminals, and other antisocial and socially dangerous elements”.

“Déclassé and socially harmful elements”, that is, former merchants and traders, peasants who had fled the famine in the countryside, petty criminals, classless people, or anybody who didn’t fit into an idealized Communist class structure, were not issued passports, and they could be arrested and deported from the cities after a summary administrative procedure, where they were not present. Most of the arrestees were deported within two days.

Between March and July 1933, 85,937 people living in Moscow were arrested and deported because they lacked passports; 4,776 people living in Leningrad were also deported. Those arrested in connection with the cleansing of Moscow prior to the May 1, 1933 May Day holiday were deported to the Tomsk transit camp, with many later being sent to Nazino Island.

A rail convoy holding déclassé deportees left Moscow on April 30, and a similar convoy left Leningrad on April 29, with both arriving on May 10. The daily food ration during the trip was 300 grams of bread per person. Four river barges, which were designed to haul wood, were filled with about 5,000 deportees on May 14. About a third of the deportees were criminals who were sent in order to “decongest the prisons”. About half were déclassé people from Moscow and Leningrad. The authorities in the Alexandro-Vakhovskaya komandatura, who were to be in charge of the labor camps, were first informed that they would be sent on May 5. These authorities had never worked with urban deportees and had no food, tools or supplies to support them. The deportees were kept below decks on the barges and apparently fed a daily ration of 200 grams of bread per person.

The barges unloaded their passengers during the afternoon of May 18, on Nazino Island, a swampy island about 3 km long and 600 meters wide. There was no roster of the disembarking deportees, but on arrival 322 women and 4,556 men were counted, plus 27 bodies of those who died during the trip from Tomsk. Over a third of the deportees were too weak to stand on arrival. Most of them were wearing spring clothes.There was no shelter on the island, it snowed the first night, and no food was distributed for four days. On the first day 295 people were buried.

A fight broke out and guards fired on the deportees as twenty tons of flour were deposited on the island and distribution began. The flour was moved to the shore opposite the island and distribution on the island was tried again the next morning, with another fight and more firing resulting. Afterward, all flour was distributed via “brigadiers” who collected flour for their brigade of about 150 people. The brigadiers were often criminals who abused their positions. There were no ovens to bake bread, so the deportees ate the flour mixed with river water, which led to dysentery.

Some deportees made primitive rafts to try to escape, but most of the rafts collapsed and hundreds of corpses washed up on the shore below the island. Guards hunted and killed other escapees, as if they were hunting animals for sport. Because of the lack of any transportation to the rest of the country, except upstream to Tomsk, and the harshness of life on the Taiga, any other escapees were ultimately presumed dead.

On May 21 the three health officers counted 70 new deaths, with the effects of cannibalism observed in five cases. Over the next month about 50 people were arrested for cannibalism. In early July new settlements were constructed by the authorities using non-deportee labor, but only 250 settlers were transferred there. About 4,200 new deportees arrived from Tomsk and were housed in these settlements. A report on the events was sent to Stalin by Vassilii Arsenievich Velichko. According to Velichko’s letter, on August 20 only 2,200 people survived out of about 6,700 deportees that he calculated had arrived from Tomsk. Velichko’s letter resulted in a commission to study the affair. In October the commission estimated that of 2,000 survivors, half were ill and bedridden, and only about 200 to 300 were capable of working.

In 1988, at the time of Glasnost in the Soviet Union, details of the Nazino affair became available to the general public through the efforts of the group Memorial.

In 1989, an eyewitness reported to Memorial:

They were trying to escape. They asked us “Where’s the railway?” We’d never seen a railway. They asked “Where’s Moscow? Leningrad?” They were asking the wrong people: we’d never heard of those places. We're Ostyaks. People were running away starving. They were given a handful of flour. They mixed it with water and drank it and then they immediately got diarrhea. The things we saw! People were dying everywhere; they were killing each other… On the island there was a guard named Kostia Venikov, a young fellow. He was courting a pretty girl who had been sent there. He protected her. One day he had to be away for a while, and he told one of his comrades, “Take care of her” but with all the people there the comrade couldn’t do much… People caught the girl, tied her to a poplar tree, cut off her breasts, her muscles, everything they could eat, everything, everything… They were hungry, they had to eat. When Kostia came back, she was still alive. He tried to save her, but she had lost too much blood.

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