Hidden groups on social networking sites the Russian equivalent of Face book are reportedly controlled by mentors who incite their own lives.
The existence of these groups, highlighted in an investigation by newspaper, has rattles parents heated debate in a country where suicide is largely a taboo subject. According to a report several dozen Russian teenagers out of the total of 130 who committed suicide in 2015-16 were pressured by members of death groups, who remain in the shadows as they spread a suicide cult
. A “mentor” on ne death group, 22 year-old was arrested by investigators in last November after allegedly inciting 15 teenagers on VK to commit suicide. A mentor on one age death group was arrested by investigators in the city in November after allegedly inciting 15 teenagers to commit. In an interview with local media shortly before his arrest, Budeikin outlined his tactics to attract teens he referred to as “biodegradable waste” and people who are worthless.
Death groups even threaten to blackmail their members by telling them they will go after their loved ones if they refuse to carry out the tasks “a repot”.