A teenage boy committed suicide in Russia’s Far East after he was banned from internet surfing, in a fourth such suicide reported over the past ten days.
The seventh-grade boy, whose name has been withheld, hanged himself with a car towrope in a garage on Sunday, deputy head of local investigation department, Andrei Samarin, said.
Relatives, teachers and friends knew that the boy was vulnerable, the Russian Children Rights Commissioner in the Amur region, Viktor Martsenko, said. He had few friends and was recently banned from surfing social networking sites which may have triggered his suicide, Amurskaya Pravda newspaper said.
Russia's teen suicide rate is the sixth highest in the world and the highest in Europe, Boris Polozhy, a department head at the Serbsky Research Institute for Forensic Psychology, said during a press conference at RIA Novosti on Friday.
Earlier this week, Russia was stunned by the twin suicides of 14-year-old girls who were best friends, Elizaveta Petsylya and Anastasia Korolyova. The girls died after jumping from the roof a 14-storey building in Lobnya, just outside Moscow. They had reportedly skipped classes for two weeks and were afraid what would happen when their parents found out.
The next day, 14-year-old Sasha Filippiev jumped from the window of his apartment on the 12th floor on Vorshavskoe Shosse in Moscow. He reportedly had been accused of stealing a classmate's camera and had a nasty argument with his father.
Details of another teen suicide were disclosed on Thursday. A 13-year old boy in Yakutsk in Siberia left school early complaining of illness. Later that evening his mother found his body in the bedroom. He had hanged himself with a bathrobe belt, LifeNews journalist quoted the mother of the boy, Rimma Sleptsova, as saying.