Grim images have emerged of the human remains found at the house of a Russian "maniac" who allegedly kept a woman as a "sex slave" for 14 years.
Vladimir Cheskidov, 51, from Smolina, Chelyabinsk, was arrested earlier this week after Ekaterina Belyankina, now 33, managed to escape from his home.
The human remains are believed to belong to another woman named Oksana who Cheskidov allegedly kept in a barn. Russian investigators say she would have been around 30 when she was killed in 2010 or 2011.
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Cheskidov has been remanded in custody for two months pending further investigations into kidnapping and murder.
Ekaterina claims to have been tortured and sexually abused throughout the time she was held captive, raped "more than 1,000" times.
Cheskidov's mother Valentina lived at the same house and was allegedly aware of his sick crimes. She also faces a kidnapping charge.
It is thought Cheskidov murdered Oksana after an "argument", allegedly plunging a knife into her head before dismembering her.
Ekaterina – who was 19 when she was kidnapped – told her sister she was forced to help cut the body up.
She said: "There was another girl there… He introduced [that girl] as his wife.
"But then, I don’t know what kind of conflict they had, he plunged a knife right into her head."
Reports suggest he threatened Ekaterina with the same fate if she didn't do as she was told. He then allegedly made her cut the body into pieces before storing it in a barrel.
It is thought his threats are why Ekaterina did not try to escape until this week. She broke free after Cheskidov got drunk and forgot to lock the door on her basement dungeon. She also told his mother he was hearing the voices of the dead, leading to the mother calling an ambulance.
Ekaterina took this chance to flee and managed to find her sister who lived locally.
Ural Mash reported police are yet to find more remains at the property despite suspicions there might have been more victims. A dig of his garden has so far turned up nothing.
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Ekaterina was reportedly forced to do house work, look after his mother and provide him with sex. She would be tied up whenever he left the house and forced to drink vodka before he "severely beat" her.
In court, Cheskidov claimed his relationship with Ekaterina was one of "love".
His mother claimed Ekaterina lived with them of her own free will. She said: "She joined my son and lived like a queen… No one kept her."
Cheskidov faces life in prison if convicted. His mother could be jailed for up to 15 years.
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