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Russian Soldier Dies Of Hazing Injuries

A women holds a poster reading "Let's protect our sons" at a protest rally against the Russian Army in St.Petersburg on 7 February (epa) 13 February 2006 -- A soldier in the Russian army who was reportedly beaten up by fellow servicemen has died of his injuries.

Nursullah Dautov died in intensive care in a hospital in Ufa, the capital of Russia's Bashkortostan republic, where he was brought on 9 February.

Russian news agencies quoted witnesses as saying Dautov was brought to hospital with serious injuries two days after he was beaten up by fellow servicemen.

Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation.

Russia's Defense Ministry today said 53 servicemen died last month as a result of crimes and accidents. Fourteen of those committed suicide.

Russian lawmakers have scheduled discussions this week on the situation in the Russian Army following a brutal hazing incident over the New Year’s holiday that left one conscript maimed for life.

(, Interfax)