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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Army Drops Sychyov Cases

Military prosecutors in Chelyabinsk have dropped their investigation of three officers and a sergeant accused of failing to stop the hazing of Private Andrei Sychyov, Gazeta.ru news reported.

Prosecutors have identified the four servicemen who had been under investigation only by their rank and surname. They are Lieutenant Shemetov, the duty officer in Sychyov's battalion on the night of the crime; Captains Bogomolov and Khasanov, the commanders of the Chelyabinsk Armor Academy's tank training and maintenance companies; and Sergeant Ulyanov, who was on duty during the attack.

The hazing incident at the academy, in which Sergeant Alexander Sivyakov forced Sychyov to squat for several hours while beating him, left Sychyov without his legs and genitals.

Sivyakov, who has maintained his innocence, was convicted Sept. 26 by a military court. He was sentenced to four years in a medium-security penal colony and stripped of his rank.