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Sychyov to Write a Book

Private Andrei Sychyov, the soldier whose name has become synonymous with the chronic problem of hazing in the armed forces, said he will write a book about his experiences.

"I need to tell my story," Sychyov told the tabloid Tvoi Den in an interview published Tuesday. "It will be my confession. I will tell about everything I went through."

A sergeant forced Sychyov to squat for several hours while beating him. As a result, Sychyov's legs and genitals had to be amputated. The sergeant was sentenced last September to four years in prison and stripped of his rank.

Sychyov's sister, Marina Muffert, said she was sure the book would become a bestseller. "The whole country prayed for his life," she said, "Millions will want to read about his feelings." (MT)

Germans Support Putin

BERLIN -- Roughly two in three Germans support President Vladimir Putin's view that the United States is on a mission to become the world's "one single master," according to a public opinion poll released Tuesday.

Sixty-eight percent of the 1,000 Germans surveyed agreed with Putin's attack on Washington at a Munich security conference Saturday. (Reuters)

For the Record

Twenty-five students and a teacher were hospitalized Tuesday in Almaty with gas poisoning, emergencies officials said. (AP)

Nine people were sentenced to death in Belarus last year, up from two the previous year, Supreme Court chairman Valentin Sukalo said Monday. (AP)