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15 Jan, 2007 20:28

New possible victim of hazing in Russian army

New possible victim of hazing in Russian army

Russian military prosecutors are checking claims that an army conscript, Roman Rudakov, who was treated in hospital, became seriously ill as a result of military hazing. Instances of ill-treatment are rife in Russian army.

At least 1,000 conscripts in the Russian armed forces are reported to die each year in non-combat incidents.

As for Roman Rudakov, 4 months after the first operation he remained in intensive care and needed another urgent operation. Campaigners claim the 20-year-old army conscript was beaten and refused medical assistance while in the army.

Although their claims have yet to be investigated, the possibility of Roman Rudakov turning out to be a new victim of organised bullying in the Russian army appear to be quite high.