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Russian Soldier Sentenced In Hazing Case


http://gdb.rferl.org/E4135C49-5C00-4B69-8A58-10BA9037899B_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/E4135C49-5C00-4B69-8A58-10BA9037899B_mw800_mh600.jpg Andrei Sychyov being flown to a military hospital in February (ITAR-TASS) September 26, 2006 -- A Russian military court in Chelyabinsk today sentenced a soldier to four years in prison for brutally abusing a young recruit.


"[The court rules] to sentence Aleksandr Sivyakov definitively, by partially combining measures of punishment applicable to him, to four years of imprisonment at a general-security correctional colony, while barring him from holding commanding positions in the Russian armed forces for the period of three years and stripping him of the rank of junior sergeant in accordance with Article 48 of the Russian Criminal Code," Chelyabinsk Military Court Chairman Yury Shatsky said.


Andrei Sychyov, a 19-year-old conscript, had his legs and genitals amputated after senior servicemen at the tank academy in Chelyabinsk, in western Siberia, beat and tortured him over the New Year's holiday.


The incident caused outrage across Russia.


(Interfax, Reuters, AP)

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