According to Penza News
a 24-year-old man was arrested on March 22 for the suspected murder of nine people. Police had kept quiet about unexplained murders and disappearances in the area in an effort to avoid panic.
reported that the remains of six bodies were discovered close to the home of the suspect who is alleged to have killed his victims with a knife before hacking the bodies into pieces and eating their livers.
According to RT
the suspect has been identified as Aleksandr Bychkov of Belinsky. Arrested on suspicion of robbery he apparently volunteered information about the buried bodies and has so far confessed to seven murders. RT reported that Bychkov said he wanted to impress his girlfriend by killing and eating people. He wrote in his diary "
She blanked me. She said I’m spineless, and I am a lone wolf. I’ll prove it. She doesn’t know and I cannot tell her anything.”
However this conflicts with the apparent motive put forward in Penza News, that Bychkov killed to avenge the death of his brother. A police source said
"during the check the writing-book the young man wrote down information concerning his future victims was found. 11 surnames of people are specified there, and nine of them have not already been alive."
Local police had concealed information about the murders to avoid panic yet arrested and imprisoned Aleksandr Guplov, a disabled man, for the murders last year. At the time the bodies had not been discovered.