Saturday, April 17, 2010
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