In Omsk Region, suicides of two teens solicited to take their lives via social media prevented

16 February 2017

The Omsk Region Office of the Investigative Committee has opened an investigation in solicitation to suicide of two 13-year-old girls under Article 110 of the RF penal Code.

According to investigators, in February 2017, the 13-year-old girls joined closed pro-suicidal online groups and corresponded with unidentified people who used psychological pressure gave them dangerous tasks with the ultimate aim of killing themselves. Mother of one of the girls accidentally learnt about it when she had asked her daughter about a strange symbol scratched on her arm. She then checked the girl’s chats and reported the wrongdoing to the police.

At present, a set of investigative and search operations are underway to identify people involved in the crime. Steps are being taken to confiscate and examine the girls’ computers. The injured parties, parents, witnesses are being questioned. The investigators are on the lookout for other teenagers who may have fallen under the influence of the suspects. In addition, the investigative authorities are planning a number of steps to prevent suicides among teenagers, which include psychological aid. The investigation is ongoing. 

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