Police sources in Monchegorsk, Russia, who spoke to mirror.co.uk said the 21-year-old in question opened the coffin of a 39-year-old woman, in the far north region of Murmansk.
The man whose name has not been given out, is said to be from the neighbouring region of Arkhangelsk. Officials say a criminal case has been opened under an article of the Russian criminal code on desecration of the dead and their burial places.
Under the law, the maximum punishment would be three months in prison, or a fine of up to N125,000. Meanwhile, the crime is the second case of a s’ exual attack on a dead woman in the north of Russia this year.
In the first case which took place in the Komi Republic, two men were jailed for r’a ping the body of a young woman in February. Monchegorsk was established by Stalin as a nickel and copper mining town and has a population of about 45,000.
The s’e xual attraction or involvement in s’e xual acts with corpses is called necrophilia or thanatophilia. It is otherwise known by the American Psychiatric association as paraphilia. The term was first used in 1850 at a lecture by Belgian alienist Joseph Guislain.