Five Tajik Soldiers Detained After Video Showing Brutal Beatings Of Recruits


The Tajik Prosecutor-General's Office said on April 24 that five soldiers were detained and face a charge of violating military regulations on relations between personnel. The announcement came hours after a video showing a group of soldiers beating and humiliating a group of recruits appeared on the Internet and caused a public outcry just as conscription to mandatory two-year service in the Central Asian nation started. Bullying and hazing -- sometimes with lethal consequences -- have been a problem in many former Soviet republics for decades. To read the original story by RFE/RL's Tajik Service, click here.