Russian space commander dismissed after soldier dies

After the deadly abuse of a soldier at the Russian Plessezk space base, Defence Minister Anatoli Serdyukov has dismissed its commander, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday quoting military sources.

Russian space commander dismissed after soldier dies
After the deadly abuse of a soldier at the Russian Plessezk space base, Defence Minister Anatoli Serdyukov has dismissed its commander, the Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday quoting military sources.

According to the sources, the major general was responsible for the situation. The Russian military has repeatedly made headlines with the torture of soldiers.

The 21-year-old soldier was beaten up so badly by two of his drunk superiors in mid-August that he died of his injuries. The forces at the rocket base near the city of Archangelsk are considered elite units.

According to statistics by the Defence Ministry, during the first half of this year more than 260 soldiers died off duty - most of them took their own lives.

Every year thousands of young recruits are injured in abuse by superiors), where many soldiers suffer lasting damage.

Parents often pay substantial bribes to save their sons from conscription, media reports say.

The public prosecution on Wednesday brought charges against an ensign who is believed to have beaten up the 21-year old.

The second suspect, a captain, was currently being treated in a psychiatric unit, news agencies reported. Another soldier, who was also abused, survived the attacked.

DPA
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