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Hazing at Plesetsk Cosmodrome investigated

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Russia’s top military prosecutor has taken control of the investigation into another alleged hazing incident involving conscripts. It is alleged two recruits at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the North of Russia were severely beaten by officers.

A delegation from Petrozavodsk, the home town of one of the recruits, has visited the base to ensure the investigation is carried out correctly.

One of the officers is currently undergoing a forensic examination, while the other has been taken into custody.

A spokesman for Russia’s Space Forces, Aleksey Zolotukhin, says the investigation will be concluded as quickly as possible and those accused will face a public trial.

“The Commander of the Space Forces stated that they were planning to hold an open trial. He also stressed that all the officers were indignant about the outrageous incident. A delegation and cosmodrome representatives met with the mother of one of the victims who’s in hospital in a serious condition. She’s kept regularly informed about the state of her son,” he said.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska 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. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer, former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird, finished a stint as managing editor of the Celina Daily Standard to accept a new position as managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily--

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