KIROV, May 2 (Itar-Tass) — Criminal proceedings have been opened against two servicemen of the eastern Military District /military unit # 139690, Baikal region/ over beating several soldiers conscripted from the Kirov region, the press service of the Kirov region administration said on Wednesday.
"Two conscripts are suspected of beating up their colleagues in a hazing incident involving extortion," the press service said. On May 1, the soldiers, hurt in the conflict, were transferred from military unit # 1360 to the artillery intelligence control battalion in the town of Borzya where they had served before.
"According to them, the situation has normalized; they are safe," it said.
A report about gross violations of the rights of Kirov region servicemen came to the regional administration on April 27. On the same day, governor Nikita Belykh sent a letter to commander of the Eastern military District Admiral Konstantin Sidenko, requesting him to ensure the safety of life and health of the conscripts.
Agents of the Federal Security Service and military prosecutors launched a check at the military unit. The facts reported by the injured parties have been confirmed.
On April 28, Admiral Sidenko told the Kirov region governor by telephone that he had taken the situation under personal supervision and that "everything will be done to restore order at the military unit, for the sake of observing the servicemen's rights."
The Kirov region government and the Committee of Solders' Mothers intend to keep the situation under control, as well as the transportation of the young people to their place of residence after discharge from the army. Their army service is over on May 12.
According to chief consultant of the regional department for relations with law-enforcement bodies and servicemen Natalia Baryshnikova, there is a problem with purchasing railway tickets. "Beginning from May 2, the Committee of Soldiers' Mothers and we will address the issue daily together with the military unit's command. Sending our young people home must be arranged precisely and on time," Baryshnikova emphasized.