A Bag Of 54 Severed Human Hands Has Been Found In Russia

Published March 9, 2018
Updated October 10, 2018

Authorities have no idea where they came from, who they belong to, and how they got there.

54 Hands

The Siberian TimesThe 54 severed hands laid out in the snow in Khabarovsk, Russia.

Only in Russia.

A bag containing 54 severed human hands was just found near the Siberian city of Khabarovsk, near the southeast border with China, according to The Siberian Times on March 8.

Initially, just a single hand was spotted near a popular fishing spot along the Amur River. Shortly after, the entire bag of the remaining 53 appendages was discovered on a small island in the river.

Investigators then rushed to the scene. However, locals who go there to fish regularly have stated that they had seen nothing suspicious.

Then, once investigators laid out all the hands in the snow, they found that they had 27 matching pairs.

Russian Severed Hands In Snow

The Siberian Times

But beyond that, what do the investigators and cops actually know about this puzzling case?

Pretty much nothing. The authorities are baffled, with absolutely no idea who the hands belong to, when they were removed, why they were removed, and how they got there.

Local media have taken to speculating where the hands could have originated from.

Some believe they could be the result of punishment for theft. A tamer theory is that the hands belong to the remains of cadavers dissected by medical students that have been improperly discarded. Another, similar, theory is that they are from medical amputations.

A more gruesome scenario is that the hands were taken by black market body part dealers.

Despite having only theories and almost nothing in the way of hard leads, the investigators looking into the case have found fingerprints on one of the hands. They are hoping that the hand with fingerprints will prove helpful in bringing some clarity to this uniquely disturbing situation.

Next, read up on the epidemic of severed feet washing up in the Pacific Northwest. Then, read up on the gruesome crimes of Andrei Chikatilo, Russia’s “Red Ripper” serial killer.

Kara Goldfarb
Kara Goldfarb is a writer living in New York City who holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College and hosts a podcast for Puna Press.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Goldfarb, Kara. "A Bag Of 54 Severed Human Hands Has Been Found In Russia." AllThatsInteresting.com, March 9, 2018, https://allthatsinteresting.com/severed-hands-russia. Accessed April 21, 2024.