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Kazakhstan: Border Massacre Suspect Says Bullying Made Him "Flip"

A young man, believed to be the sole survivor of a massacre late last month at a border post near Kazakhstan's frontier with China, has confessed to murdering 15 people because of disagreements within the military unit, according to video released by the prosecutor’s office. 

The film showed 20-year-old conscript Vladislav Chelakh describing the catalyst for the murder as an argument with a fellow soldier who refused to get out of bed, which made Chelakh “boil over and flip.”

This was part of wider disagreements at the border post where “I was humiliated […] insulted too often,” he said.

While the motive may seem weak, it lends weight to an initial theory that the murderer was the victim of hazing, the practice of senior soldiers bullying junior ones common in the armed forces of some former Soviet states.

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Kazakhstan: Border Massacre Suspect Says Bullying Made Him "Flip"

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