Russia’s investigative committee opens criminal inquiry after footage of teen caretakers beating under-10s goes viral.
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Two young caretakers are being investigated over allegations of torture after a horrific video showing the systematic beating of seven children at a Russian orphanage went viral.
The video shows seven boys in their underclothes lined up against a wall as a caretaker calls them forward one by one, only to grab them by the arm and lash them repeatedly with a belt.
She kicks some of them and shoves them away, before grabbing the next child.
The boys shriek and wail as the caretaker continues to beat them, at one point shouting: “Go to bed!”
The video, shot on a mobile phone at the Mazanovsky orphanage in the far eastern region of Amur, sparked widespread outrage after it went viral this week.
On Friday, Russia’s investigative committee opened a criminal investigation into two teenage caretakers, themselves a product of the orphanage. A third caretaker suspected of involvement was born in 1998 and is too young to be investigated, it said.
The boys who were beaten were between the ages of seven and 10, and are being given psychological counselling, it added. The director of the orphanage, home to 129 children, has been fired.Continue reading