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A man who worked at a morgue was fired after he was found to have had sex with the corpse of a murdered reality TV star.
Oksana Aplekaeva was found dead at the roadside in Moscow 2008, although her killer was never found. The 31-year-old had stared in Don-2, Russia's equivalent show to Big Brother.
Her body was exhumed after new information about her murder was discovered, and it emerged that she had been sexually violated after she died.
The culprit is reported to be a morgue technician, identified only as Alexander.
DNA tests carried out on the body found that the 37-year-old morgue worker had carried out an act of necrophilia.
He was still employed at the morgue when his actions were discovered, but has since been fired.
Russian media quotes Alexander as saying: "I could not argue against science. I have not been able to find a job for three months," adding that his wife left him and he has been unable to contact her as she had changed her phone number and refused to have contact with him.
There has been no suggestion that he interfered with any other corpses during his 12 years as an employee of the morgue. Russian police also stressed that he didn't have anything to do with her murder.
According to reports, Alexander will not face any charges for the act, as necrophilia isn't specifically outlawed in Russia.
Other countries do have laws against it - for example, in the UK, if found guilty a necrophile could be sentenced to up to two years in prison. The issue many prosecutors run in to is that without specific laws in place, anyone found carrying out such acts will go unpunished, because technically, a dead body isn't a person - so there is no 'victim' in such cases.
A study which looked into why anyone would carry out such a grim act reviewed 122 cases of necrophilia. It found that, rather than 'psychopathic tendencies', as you might suspect, the most common motive was 'possession of an unresisting and unrejecting partner'.
The author also found that necrophiles often choose jobs which put them into contact with corpses, such as in this case.
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