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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Baltic Fleet Sailors Accused of Drowning Senior Officer

Three Baltic Fleet sailors are accused of killing an officer and hiding his body after he reprimanded them for being drunk, a spokesman for the Baltic Fleet said Tuesday.

Lieutenant Captain Pavel Lipchik was inspecting the military base in the exclave of Kaliningrad early Monday morning when he came across three drunken sailors from a missile boat brigade, the spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

When Lipchik accused the sailors of violating military discipline, they allegedly beat him and threw his body into the water, drowning the young officer, according to the Baltic Fleet press office.

An investigation was launched after Lipchik failed to return to his post Monday, the spokesman said. The officer's body was found by military investigators early Tuesday.

Lipchik was in his late 20s and had recently married.

The three sailors detained in connection with the killing were identified as Pyotr Myasnikov, Dmitry Selchikov and Yevgeny Baldin. Officials said the investigation is continuing.

Interfax reported Tuesday that Myasnikov and Selchikov had been sentenced to two-year jail terms in February after being found guilty of fuel theft. Both sentences were later suspended, Interfax said.