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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Army Major Guilty of Hazing

The Chelyabinsk Military Garrison Court on Wednesday found an Army major guilty of hazing a soldier under his command, Interfax reported.

The major, whose name was not made public, was given a three-year suspended sentence. He was not stripped of his rank or deprived of the right to continue serving in his present job.

The court found that in November 2006 the major severely beat a professional soldier under his command before subjecting him to various forms of abuse.

"The officer delivered several blows to the victim's head with the handle of his sidearm, then ordered other soldiers to place an ammunition box with a hole cut out for the head on the victim," a spokesman for the Chelyabinsk Military Prosecutor's Office told Interfax.

Prosecutors will appeal the sentence. They are seeking three years in prison and loss of rank in the case.

Also Wednesday, two conscripted soldiers stood trial on charges of hazing numerous fellow soldiers in their unit in Timashevsk, Krasnodar region, Interfax reported.

A spokesman for the Krasnodar Garrison Court said the two, whose names were not released, had tormented 15 soldiers, including one who threw himself out of a barracks' window last July.

The spokesman said the defendants beat their victims, screamed at and humiliated them and deprived them of sleep, among other violations, Interfax reported.