A Russian boy beheaded himself being computer game addicted


Pavel Matveev walked into the garden of his home after becoming frustrated with the game and took his own life with a chainsaw, in the village of Mogochino. He was addicted to a computer his mother had bought for him, It was unclear what game he was playing. He spent hours at his computer. The local office of the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case into incitement to suicide.


Russia has had a spate of cases where so-called death groups allegedly incite children and teenagers to take their own lives in social media games – but it is not clear that this was involved in this tragedy. 130 suicides of children occurred  in Russia between November 2015 and April 2016 and almost all were members of one group or other on the internet. In 2017 a total of 1,339 online suicide groups were uncovered, with an audience of more than 12,000 users and over 200,000 posts. 230 criminal cases had been opened and 19 masterminds – called ‘curators’ or ‘administrators’ – were detained. said Major-General Alexey Moshkov, head of anti-computer crime K department in the Russian Interior Ministry.


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