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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soldier Shoots Self

MOSCOW () -- A Russian soldier killed himself with a shotgun on the central square of Poliarny, in Russia's far north, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.

It was unclear why the man, a 33-year-old professional soldier serving at the Poliarny barracks in the Kola peninsula, committed suicide.

The man's suicide is the latest in a series of suicides and barrack killings in Russia, most of them motivated by deplorable conditions in the underpaid armed forces.

In May, two young officers killed themselves in Kola, which is a nuclear submarine base for Russia's northern fleet.