Pechy incident: Military unit commander fired

Belarusian Defense Ministry has reported the dismissal of the military unit commander — head of the school, where deceased soldier Alyaksandr Korzhych used to serve.

The Defense Ministry pointed out that the investigation was ongoing.

Recently, it became known that the Investigative Committee had opened eight criminal cases under Article 443 (hazing), 455 (failure of authorities to act, resulting in grave consequences), 209 (fraud) of the Criminal Code of Belarus, the press service of the IC reports. In addition, criminal proceedings were instituted against two officers. At present, the list of suspects includes 7 NCOs, a company commander, and 2 officers.

On October 3, the 21-year-old soldier Alyaksandr Korzhych was found hanged in the basement of the local military unit in Pechy. According to the relatives and friends of Alyaksandr, the man was a victim of bullying: they extorted money from him, beat him, tortured him, and eventually killed him, later faking his suicide.

According to the IC, the body was found with tied legs and a T-shirt put over the man’s head.

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