The unidentified victim who was found with both hands hugging the tree is believed to have climbed the tree in winter and died of hypothermia.
A local man named Pavel Petrov found the body on July 1st near a road leading to the ‘closed city’ of Seversk, from which foreigners are banned, where Russia enriches and reprocesses uranium and plutonium.
“It was me and my father who found the body,” he told local media.
“He was sitting on a pine tree some 50 meters away from the road.
“The rescuer who took the body off the tree said that most likely the man got so cold he decided to climb the tree, where he died from hypothermia.” Following preliminary investigations, the Russian Investigative Committee estimates he died about eight months ago.