A bag containing the severed head of an unidentified woman has washed ashore on the banks of the Moscow River.
A canvas bag holding the head wrapped in cellophane was discovered Tuesday by a passerby in the south of the capital, state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted a police source as saying.
Preliminary data suggests the woman died about a month ago, the report said.
The gruesome discovery comes a week after a different woman was killed while swimming in the Moscow Canal after getting caught up in the blades of a motorized vessel, tabloid daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Wednesday.
Fragments of the woman's body continued to wash up for several days following the accident at different points along the canal, the report added.