Student spams 400 people with death threat

A 20-year-old Russian has been given a year's suspended sentence for sending out four hundred death threats to random phone numbers.

The words “Death to Russian pigs and to you, freak!” were sent by text message to four hundred Krasnodarsk residents. The sinister SMS was interpreted as a racist death threat by some recipients, who reported it to police.

Authorities tracked down the sender, who was in fact Russian, by tracing the phone number he had used. As Anton Shurubara explained to authorities upon his arrest, “I was just joking around. I wanted to see what people's reactions would be.”

The court's reaction was that the mass text message amounted to racial hatred and a provocation to extremism, and placed him on one year of probation.