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Russian Officer Sentenced For Bullying In Novosibirsk


Hazing is endemic in Russia's military

Hazing is endemic in Russia's military

The Novosibirsk garrison court in western Siberia today sentenced an officer to four and 1/2 years in jail for bullying that led to a soldier's suicide, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Officer Vitaly Rasulov was found guilty of beating and intimidating three enlisted servicemen, one of whom committed suicide last year.

Private Pavel Padcha-Kuli hanged himself in September after Rasulov had severely beaten and humiliated him.

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