Investigating officers detained the Manager of one of the so-called “groups of death” in social networks where teenagers are inclined to suicide. It is reported TASS with reference to the acting head of the Department of media relations of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Svetlana Petrenko.
According to her, the arrest took place in the Moscow region. “As a result of the measures taken, which in the interests of the investigation have not been disclosed, only that in Moscow region investigators SK Russia for operational support employees of the Central apparatus of the interior Ministry and Federal security service detained the first suspect is the administrator of one of the “groups of death”. Soon the consequence will petition before court for his arrest,” he said, without specifying the name and age of the detainee.
UK representative added that currently investigators are conducting a series of searches in 10 regions of Russia, confiscated electronic media and other materials relevant to the investigation, question witnesses, and victims.
According to her, the investigation began in may 2016. The investigators of the Main investigatory management SK of Russia across St.-Petersburg has checked the reports of some media about closed groups in social network “Vkontakte”, in which teenagers were allegedly inclined to suicide. During the inspection information from the press confirmed. In the result the decision was made to Institute criminal proceedings under part 4 of article 33, article 110 of the criminal code (incitement to incitement to suicide).
During the investigation, investigators found that from December 2013 to may 2016, the hackers created eight virtual communities in the social network. They openly advocated suicide and declined to commit them underage users. The investigators, access to these groups was strictly limited and was carried out at the discretion of the community administrator.
The band members had to undergo various tests and assignments, as which progressed rating, providing access to new “opportunities”: the content and assignments related to the themes of death, suicide by causing himself physical injury and staging of these events.
As found by the investigators, the administrators group was used, participants unquestioned authority. Refusal to perform tasks by the participants was the name of the exception group.
It is established that at the moment on account of provocateurs at least 15 of the dead children who committed suicides in different regions of Russia. Suicide five children did not take place.
In may, TFR reported on the criminal case on signs of article in “Novaya Gazeta”. It described the existing closed group “Vkontakte”, which, according to the publication, adolescents systematically and with the knowledge of psychology leads to suicide.
The article noted that from November 2015 to April 2016 suicide to 130 minors, and almost all of them were members of the same groups on the Internet and live in stable families. After this publication, the Roskomnadzor has blocked eight groups in social network “Vkontakte” with the promotion of suicide.
Investigating authorities have established the identity of the inhabitant of Omsk, under the pseudonym Eva Reich were placed in “Vkontakte” information in the so-called group of death. Preliminary examination has determined that this 13-year-old girl from Omsk.
In June the state Duma was introduced a bill on introduction criminal responsibility for inducement and assistance to commit suicide. In addition, the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Elena Mizulina on the background of this story suggested to reduce the age of criminal responsibility for such crimes.