Cryoconservators share business and clients' bodies

A business conflict has broken out in the first Russian firm to freeze the bodies of clients for future resurrection. How does he threaten the frozen people themselves and their families?
21.09.2021
Life.ru
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The Kriorus project is literally bursting at the seams - two of the 11 founders of the company, the former spouses Valery Udalov and Danila Medvedev, share the chair of the head of the company and its assets. There is something to fight for - the business brings in hundreds of millions. The conflict has already directly affected the frozen bodies of customers, endangering their safety and the entire business as a whole.

Autogenom for business

Events around Kriorus developed rapidly: on September 7, General Director Valeria Udalova tried to unauthorizedly remove cameras with bodies of people and animals from the territory of the enterprise located in Sergiev Posad and transport them to her own center in the Tver region.

On that day, a woman hired workers who autogenously ripped open the metal back wall of the storage facility and used a crane to load special vertical containers with bodies - Dewar vessels - onto trucks. In the process of loading, they were tipped over on their side and the refrigerant, liquid nitrogen, was drained. In addition to the fact that a quarter of a million rubles (the cost of liquefied nitrogen) evaporated into the air, the clients themselves were under the threat of defrosting.

The police who arrived on call stopped the loading and returned the cars that had already left with the containers. Danila Medvedev provided them with documents on the ownership of the containers with the bodies and accused Udalova of stealing.

Dewars apart

The Kriorus project was launched in 2006. Udalova owns 10% in it, Medvedev - 4.26%, the rest of the share is distributed among the other nine participants.

Problems in the company began in 2019 after the divorce of the spouses. Medvedev got a new family and, according to Udalova, at some point decided to remove her from the position of general director. The founders seem to have voted in favor of the director's resignation, but the woman in the leadership remained.

At the same time, Udalova registered her own company with the exact same name, where she also became the general director.

“Taking advantage of her position as a leader in both companies, Udalova began to transport frozen clients under the roof of her company and renegotiate storage contracts,” Aleksey Samykin, co-founder of Open Cryonics (the company was established this year as the successor to the first Kryorus), told Life ...

According to him, for her base she rented a house in the Tver region on the site of the once famous peasant farm "Molodezhnoe". It became popular in Russia after several young urban families moved to the abandoned lands of one of the regional collective farms and organized the "Resettlement to Settlement" project there.

In 2017, at the height of public interest, officials declared a good undertaking to popularize the village illegal and decided to close the project and free the land. Now the bodies of people and animals are stored there, and it was there that Udalova was going to send vessels with bodies from Sergiev Posad.

According to some information, in order to equip the site near Tver, she laid her own one-room apartment on Beskudnikovsky Boulevard near the Seligerskaya metro station. In neighboring houses, apartments of the same area are sold for 10.5 million rubles.

Udalova has her own truth: they say, there is no crime, and the transportation was carried out in accordance with all the documents.

- We wanted to transport equipment from one of our territories to another. My ex-husband decided to grab this for himself, wrote a statement to the police that our company allegedly steals equipment, presented a fake agreement that this equipment belongs to him, - Udalova told Life.

Immortality at a low cost

Until recently, there were 82 cryopatients in the company's storage facilities, including 25 foreigners: citizens of Great Britain, the USA, Israel and other countries. About 200 more people signed an agreement to freeze themselves or their relatives after death.

Foreigners have quite pragmatic interest in the services of a domestic company - despite the fact that the cost of cryopreservation of people amounts to tens, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, in Russia it will cost much less than, for example, in the United States.

It costs more than a million rubles to store the brain in Kriorus, freezing the whole body will cost 2.6 million, and VIP storage will cost almost 11 million rubles.

The cheapest way is to preserve the DNA or tissue samples of the deceased - "only" 40 thousand. The service can be used by people hoping to clone their loved ones or beloved animals. The latter, by the way, can also be frozen - it costs about 730 thousand rubles.

It is easy to calculate that frozen "patients" could already bring the company more than 200 million rubles. Our current clients also provide a constant flow of money.

Blow to cryonics

This episode can be costly for the company, since current and potential customers may perceive what is happening as the lack of interest of "Kriorus" in the proper storage and subsequent resurrection of their "patients".

- It seems that it does not matter to her what happens to the chances of people to revive, how well the procedure itself, storage, transportation is performed, - Medvedev commented on the incident in a conversation with Life.

One of Kriorus's clients, Doctor of Philosophy and Honorary Member of the Russian Transhumanist Society Igor Vishev, who entrusted the firm with freezing the brain of his deceased wife, gave his assessment of the attempt to remove the bodies.

- I worry very much (about the safety of biomaterials. - Approx. Life), - Vishev said to Life. - I have a fundamentally negative attitude to the conflict, I think that we are talking about such things where there should be no arguments for or against. This conflict is not worth a damn, and the consequences are not only dramatic, but can be tragic.

Analyzing the situation, the coordinator of the Russian Association of Futurologists Konstantin Frumkin in a conversation with Life noted that, despite the potential benefit for humanity, cryonics has a "slight taste of a financial pyramid."

- The service provided by cryonicists stretches over a very long period, perhaps for centuries. This service implies hopes that science will develop to the level that will revive these bodies, says Frumkin. - There is too much uncertainty here. And most importantly, there is no guarantee that this company or its successors will survive for so long and will keep these bodies. It is good if the person who pays for the service understands all the risks, but if he is deceived by advertising, then this is not good.

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