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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Army Officer Sentenced

MOSCOW -- A Russian army officer was sentenced to seven years in a strict penal colony for beating a soldier to death, Itar-Tass reported Wednesday.

The officer, whose name was not given, brutally beat Private Sergei Mantulenko, 19, who later died of his injuries, Itar-Tass said.

A military court in the Far Eastern region of Birobidzhan found the man guilty of abusing his powers and inflicting serious bodily injuries, Itar-Tass said.

Brutal hazing of young recruits by longer-serving soldiers or officers remains widespread in the cash-strapped Russian military.