Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Mei 30, 2008

Soldiers suicide amid rampant bullying

Soldiers suicide amid rampant bullying

From correspondents in Moscow | May 30, 2008

RUSSIA says more than 300 servicemen committed suicide last year despite higher spending and reforms to try to improve army conditions and equipment. Rights groups and some former commanders say the high rate of suicides in the Russian army is caused by by a culture of violence and negligence by officers and senior generals.

Hazing, when conscripts are bullied by older soldiers, is rampant and tens of thousands of young men and their parents try every year to avoid the compulsory draft.

“Almost a battalion of military servicemen – 341 people – were irrevocably lost in the past year as a result of suicides,” Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Fridinsky said the total number of suicides had actually fallen from previous years but had risen as a proportion of non-combat losses. …more

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