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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Teenage Prison Euthanasia By Strangling

With overcrowding and rampant tuberculosis, Russian prisons and detention facilities are far from enviable accommodations.
 
It's unclear, however, whether unbearable conditions behind bars prompted an inmate in the Kurgan region to ask three teenagers to strangle him. What is clear is that the three young men will be serving extra time for this particular act of euthanasia.
 
The Kurgan Regional Court on Friday convicted the three men, all born in 1990, of aggravated murder for strangling their cellmate, who had asked them to end his life in this fashion, regional prosecutors said in a statement.
 
Euthanasia is, of course, a controversial issue. Prosecutors noted, however, that the three young men carried out their cellmate's final wish "without thinking about the moral and legal consequences of said actions."
 
The judge found no grounds for leniency, Interfax reported.  He tacked on to their previous sentences for earlier crimes nine years; seven years, two months; and five years and three months, respectively.