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Russian Buries Himself Alive

He ends up dead after grave mistake
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2011 2:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Russian man who decided to spend a night buried alive for "good luck" didn't make it out of the ground alive. The 35-year-old villager dug a hole in a garden and climbed into an improvised coffin with holes for air pipes, bringing a phone and a bottle of water with him. A friend then covered the coffin with earth and planks, returning the next morning to find his friend dead. Investigators believe a rainstorm may have blocked the air supply to the coffin, the Telegraph reports.

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"According to his friend, the man wanted to test his endurance and insistently asked his friend to help him spend the night buried," an investigator says. "The victim was a computer programmer and has a small child." Numerous Russian bloggers have written about undergoing supervised self-burial, and investigators believe the superstitious victim was influenced by accounts he had read on the Internet. (Read more Russia stories.)

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