Investigative Committee recognized death of soldier found with his hands tied and package on his head a suicide
A criminal case on bringing to suicide was initiated against the commander of the deceased soldier.
The Investigative Committee has recognized the death of a soldier Stepan Tsymbal, who was found with his hands tied with tape and a package on his head at a test site in the Voronezh region, as a suicide Mediazona reports. A criminal case was initiated against the commander of the deceased, Dmitry Prokhorov, on abuse of office with the use of violence (Part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and bringing to suicide (Article 110 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Earlier, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on murder (Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) in connection with the circumstances of the death of the soldier.
According to investigators, since November 2018, Tsymbal, together with his unit, had been serving at the Pogonovo training ground in the Kashira district of the Voronezh region. The soldier performed his duties as a stoker in a tent for cooks.
As the Investigative Committee found, on February 10, 2019, Captain Prokhorov, “wanting to find out the circumstances of the loss of two boxes of vodka from his car, pushed the sleeping soldier to wake him up and ordered to gather all the personnel in a tent. However, the soldier did not wake up, after which Prokhorov hit the soldier at least four times in order to teach him a lesson and punish him."
On the same day, the body of 19-year-old Tsymbal was found in a tent for washing dishes with his hands tied with tape and a plastic bag on his head, wrapped with a tape around his neck. According to human rights activists, the cause of the death of a soldier is still unknown. The fact of his death became known on February 15.
The representative of the Western Military District insisted that there have been no signs of violent death on the body of the deceased. His relatives claim that they had seen injuries on the face and the body of the deceased. The Investigative Committee initiated a murder case.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.