NOVO-OGARYOVO (Sputnik) — At a working meeting with United Russia ruling party faction leader Vladimir Vasilyev, the president was briefed on the party's view on the "death groups" problem. Vasilyev said the the party was determined to gain control over the situation.
"What is inciting suicide? It is an attempt on somebody's life… They even earn money from this. How are they different from murderers? They are not different at all," Putin said.
So far, one of the curators of a "death group" in Russia, Filipp Budeykin, was jailed for three years for inciting youths to commit suicide.
The death groups and death games have spread across the globe with their victims being reportedly found in such countries as US, Spain, Brazil, Chile, China and India.