Russian doctor murdered and dismembered woman he dated after discovering she was transgender

Mikhail Tikhonov faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on murder and mutilating the corpse


Words: Steve Brown

A Russian doctor has admitted he murdered and dismembered a woman he dated after discovering she was transgender.

Mikhail Tikhonov, 27, went on a night out with Nina Surgutskaya, 25, in Kursk, Russia, before going back to her flat, the Metro reported.

While they were having sex, he realised that she had gender reassignment surgery and immediately strangled her on her bed, he told police interrogators.

He was detained and questioned after his victim’s mother called the police to investigate the disappearance of her daughter.

According to a police report, Tikhonov ‘decided to get rid of the body’ and ‘cut out her internal organs’ in the bathroom and chopping them into small pieces and flushed them down the toilet.

He then cooked the woman’s flesh after carving it off to ‘evaporate excess liquid’ but denied he was a cannibal. Tikhonov then flushed the cooked human meat down the toilet.

The doctor then put her head and limbs into a suitcase and took them to his flat where he was planning to dispose them.

However, police came to detain him, and one report claimed he ‘had no time to get rid of these body parts as he was caught’.

He faces up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of murder and mutilating the corpse.