Dedovschina: Russia's Nightmare
The case of Andrey Sychyov
One case, which shocked the world as to how far standards had fallen, was that of Andrey Sychyov. In December 2005 Sychyov and seven other soldiers were beaten for three hours by their seniors. Sychyov was then forced to squat for four hours with his hands tied behind his back while a sergeant continued to beat him. Only a few days later was Andrey transferred to a local hospital where doctors found he had numerous broken bones, trauma to his genitals and gangrene in his legs. As a result of his injuries, doctors had to amputate his legs, genitalia and a finger.
There were allegations the army tried to cover up the story and keep the doctors silent. However one physician told the Committee of Soldier’s Mothers, a charity campaigning for soldiers’ rights, which in turn informed Andrey’s mother about the incident. She was told she couldn’t see Andrey until 10 January but on 7 January another doctor told her to come quickly as Andrey might not last the night. As it was he survived, but was crippled by the brutality of his fellow soldiers. In response to the case, one conscript was given a mere four years in prison. Andrey was nineteen years old.