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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

General Says Hazing Case Being Twisted

A general said the case of a conscript beaten so badly doctors had to amputate his legs and genitals was being stirred up by prosecutors who wanted to discredit the military.

"I get the impression that certain officials in the Military Prosecutor's Office have a prejudiced attitude toward the armed forces," Colonel-General Alexei Maslov, commander of the infantry forces, said on state-owned Rossia television Sunday.

Prosecutors say Andrei Sychyov, who was in the first year of his two-year compulsory service, suffered the injuries after older conscripts beat him on New Year's Eve.

But Maslov said Sychyov had not been beaten by second-year conscripts -- a widespread practice known as dedovshchina.

Prosecutors say the attackers had been drinking heavily, but Maslov said, "I can report today that there were no cases of mass drinking on New Year's Eve among the servicemen."