Saturday, April 17, 2010

End Military Hazing in Russia

End Military Hazing in Russia

Target: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

Sponsored by: Care2.com

In Russia, it is estimated that nearly 4,000 new army recruits commit suicide or die each year due to military hazing practices known as dedovshchina ("rule of the grandfathers"). These recruits are virtual slaves to their superiors and are subject to humiliation and severe beatings. The next year, those who survive continue the vicious cycle of dangerous hazing.

The Russian government deals with hazing incidents on a case-by-case basis and responds often when it's too late.

TAKE ACTION: Tell President Dmitry Medvedev that the government must implement a plan to eradicate military hazing.   Sign the Petition

deadline: Ongoing...goal: 40,000

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