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Russian NGO Says Two Soldiers Beaten By Officer

ST. PETERSBURG -- A Russian nongovernmental organization is accusing a Russian military officer of beating two conscripts.

The NGO Mothers Of Soldiers In St. Petersburg says the acting commander of a Russian military unit in Leningrad Oblast severely beat two soldiers last weekend.

The NGO tells RFE/RL's Russian Service that the officer was drunk when the incident occurred.

Both soldiers were hospitalized with concussions, nose fractures, and brain and eye traumas.

A police investigation is under way.