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An unthinkable death

Army hazing victim dies

August 29, 2007
MOSCOW: A Russian army conscript who was beaten by two drunken officers and left overnight in a dog kennel has died of his injuries, the Defence Ministry said. Sergei Sinkonen died in a military hospital of injuries inflicted two weeks ago, a ministry officer said.

The two officers were under investigation. The conscript and his companion had interrupted the officers celebrating a wedding near their unit in north-west Russia.

The officers thought the conscripts had fled and beat them with belts, striking Sinkonen on the head. He was put in a kennel with guard dogs, where he was found the next day.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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