A Russian military court on Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old man to life in prison for killing eight people at a military base in Siberia in October 2019, and later condemned the “hell” of so-called “deto”, the military’s “brutal baptism” says. AcerPress, Which quotes AFP.
Ramil Shamsudino was sentenced to “24 years and 6 months of harsh rule”, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency as a military tribunal in Cita, Russia.
In October 2019, he replaced a guard at the military base where he served, killing eight soldiers, including two officers, and wounding two others.
The young man, who was 19 at the time of the incident, said a few weeks after the crimes he committed in this way because of the “hell of prediction” he was living in the military.
“I could not quit. I’m sorry I took a drastic step, but I have no choice,” he said in an open letter posted on social media, “in hell.”
The Russian media provided details of such “initiation activities”, explaining that the young soldier had been subjected to permanent abuse and that his money and phone had been confiscated after he arrived at the unit.
“Tedovsina” was one of the worst problems in the Russian military in the 1990s, although the situation has improved significantly in recent years.
However, according to human rights NGOs, initiation ceremonies are common in Russia, where a significant portion of the population avoids compulsory military service for men between the ages of 18 and 27, precisely “to escape exclusion.”