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Researcher stabs colleague at remote Russian Antarctic station after 'tensions in a confined space'

The man voluntarily surrendered to the chief of the station and is under house arrest.

A wooden Orthodox church at Bellingshausen Russian Antarctic research station
A wooden Orthodox church at Bellingshausen Russian Antarctic research station
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THE INTERFAX NEWS agency has said that a researcher at Russia’s Antarctic station has stabbed and injured a colleague in an apparent emotional breakdown.

The agency said the incident occurred on 9 October at the station’s canteen. It added that the injured researcher has been delivered to a hospital in Chile.

There has been no immediate comment from the Russian authorities.

Interfax said the assailant later voluntarily surrendered to the chief of the Bellingshausen Station and was placed under house arrest.

The agency noted that the incident has resulted from “tensions in a confined space”.

The Bellingshausen station was founded by the Soviet Union in 1968 and is named for the 19th-century Russian explorer of the Antarctic.

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