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Man claims he hoarded radioactive material for immortality

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Kristen Butler, UPI.com
Children's beds, toys and gas masks in an empty day care in the Ukrainian ghost city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear station. A man detained in Moscow claims he collected contaminated items from the area because a friend convinced him exposure to radioactive materials would make him immortal. (File/UPI Photo/Sergey Starostenko)
Children's beds, toys and gas masks in an empty day care in the Ukrainian ghost city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear station. A man detained in Moscow claims he collected contaminated items from the area because a friend convinced him exposure to radioactive materials would make him immortal. (File/UPI Photo/Sergey Starostenko) | License Photo

Moscow Police detained a 35-year-old college professor last week for storing radioactive materials. Police found over 30 pounds of radioactive materials hoarded in multiple locations, according to The Moscow News.

The professor had a friend who was convinced that exposure to fissionable materials would help him live forever. They had apparently visited the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident for this purpose.

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The detainee explained that the pair collected contaminated items to continue the life-extending "treatment."

A criminal case has been brought against the professor for illegal handling of radioactive materials, which carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

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