An alleged cannibal in Russia has been arrested after confessing to stabbing, killing and then eating a 32-year-old man he met using a gay dating service.

The 21-year-old man, identified only as Ivan L, reportedly confessed to eating the gay man, identified as Roman E, in the city of Murmansk, in the extreme north-west of Russia.

The English-language Russian news agency RIA Novosti quotes Murmansk Investigation Committee chief Fyodor Bludenov as saying: “The defendant wanted to try eating at least ten people in the future.

“It wasn’t that he had an extraordinary hatred for those of a different sexual orientation, but he was sure that such people [gay men] would keep a secret about who they were meeting, so it would be harder to catch him.

“The accused stabbed the man a few times, and after having assured himself that the man was dead, he cut up his body and ate him.”

It is claimed that Ivan L posted video clips online of his culinary achievements.

The investigation committee indicated that the case is not unique, stating that it has been 20 years since the last case of cannibalism in the city, which has a population of just 307,700.