MOSCOW, June 29 (RAPSI) – An underage girl, who was an administrator of a Group of Death on a social network, has been put in detention on suspicion of attempted assassination, the Investigative Committee’s press service announced on Thursday.
Investigators believe that the girl living in the Kamchatka Region monitored social networks searching for teenagers fallen into depression, and formed a database of potential victims. The suspect created several fake accounts, began communicating with alleged victims and sent them invitations to get into a game which was to result in suicide.
In March, a girl of majority age residing in the city of Khabarovsk became a victim of the Group of Death admin. She got upon a roof of a high-rise apartment building for committing suicide on the order of the suspect. The tragedy was prevented by law enforcement officers, the statement reads.
Computers and diaries the suspected girl was keeping have been seized during the searches conducted at her premises.
Investigation is underway.
Recently, probe into another admin of a similar group has been completed. Philipp Budeykin, aka Philipp Fox, abetted teens to commit suicide via the social network between April and May 2016, according to investigators. In May 2017, Budeykin pleaded guilty.
A criminal case was opened in May 2016 after several Russian media outlets reported about so-called Groups of Death, numerous groups where young people were encouraged to kill themselves.
Investigators claim that from December 2013 to May 2016 eight Groups of Death were registered on Vkontakte network. Fifteen teenagers from various regions of Russia were members of these groups and committed suicide. Searches were conducted in ten regions of Russia.
The investigation is currently ongoing in Russia’s Krasnodar Territory, Republics of Komi and Bashkortostan and Moscow, Volgograd, Voronezh, Tula, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk and Omsk regions. Investigators also claim that admins of Groups of Death have been found in Ukraine.