Russia: February 20, 2003


A soldier in the missile forces, stationed in Siberia, shot four other soldiers to death and then committed suicide. Some 800 soldiers have died like this in the last year, with troops using loaded weapons, carried while on guard duty or training, to settle disputes or grudges with other soldiers. In addition, some 1200 soldiers are killed each year because of the custom of older soldiers abusing new conscripts (a custom the army has been trying to eliminate for some time.)




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