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Chelyabinsk hazing victim delivered to Moscow

20:27 07/02/2006
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MOSCOW, February 7 (RIA Novosti) - A soldier left severely disabled by a recent hazing attack in Siberia has been delivered to Moscow after doctors decided to transfer him to the Russian capital's chief military hospital, the Rossiya television channel said Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Vyacheslav Klyuzhev, the head of the hospital, said Private Andrei Sychev was in serious but stable condition and that there were no complications resulting from his transfer.

Klyuzhev said the doctors' main task was to prevent sepsis and monitor the patient's internal organs.

After the case is diagnosed and treatment rendered, prostheses will be made for Sychev, Klyuzhev said.

The brutal hazing attack occurred on New Year's Eve at a tank academy in the Ural Mountain city of Chelyabinsk, 1,180 miles east of Moscow. Sychev, 18, had to have both of his legs amputated because of the injuries he sustained during three hours of beating and torture.

This instance of hazing, not uncommon in Russia's armed forces, has received much publicity recently in Russia and more hazing investigations have been opened in the wake of the Chelyabinsk attack.

According to official Russian statistics, 16 servicemen died in hazing incidents last year, but experts contend the actual number is much higher, as the official figures do not take into account hazing-related suicides.

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