Bully Girls Spark Debate In Russian Society

Dear Readers:

Today I have a rather unpleasant story to share with you, this is from the Russian tabloid press and involves some rather unpleasant children.  It also raises a curtain into the “seamier” side of Russian life, where orphan children are institutionalized in third-rate “technical schools” and gangs of bullies terrorize the weak.

If you can get through this (and please be aware that the second video in the piece is marked “18 and over” – it doesn’t involve nudity or sex, but does involve some rather disturbing images of violence and brutality against a young girl), then I promise that by tomorrow I might have a more pleasing story to share:  Namely the continuing adventures of our animal friends, Amur the Tiger, and Timur the Goat.  The former has still not yet eaten the latter, thus proving once and for all, that animals are morally superior to people.

The Scene of the Crime:  Karsun, Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russian Federation

Karsun, Russia: A nice place for many…

A hellhole for others…

So, the first video in the piece is an “exclusive interview” with the three bullies in question (one of whose faces is blurred, because she is still a minor).  These three little thugs, while pretending to be “a little bit remorseful” about their actions, actually use their 15 minutes of fame to continue to justify themselves, and to calumnize their victim.  They don’t seem to “get it” that the public is not on their side, and will never be on their side, in this particular feud.

The 4 Criminals Involved Filmed Their Own Crime

For those who don’t remember the past:  There used to be a time when criminals wore masks and tiptoed around in the dark.  The last thing they wanted was to be noticed, let alone photographed.  But in today’s modern world, it seems like many criminals, from ISIS on down to school children, not only record their own crimes, but even seem to take pleasure in their fame.  Like, they think they are movies stars or something, because they appear on the internet, ganging up on another kid and forcing her head down a toilet.

The 4 youthful criminals are identified only by their their first names:

  • Irina K
  • Svetlana K
  • Olga G
  • Ilya M

Svetlana is the ringleader of this little gang, oddly enough she is not the chattiest one in the group, but she is the one who organized the attack.  In the “interview” video, she is the one wearing the pink sweatshirt.  Ilya is the boy pal they brought along to videotape the attack.  He is not seen in these videos.

[yalensis sidebar:  I have noticed a strange thing in life, that when one encounters a gang with a very distinct pecking order, unlike in Hollywood movies, it is not always visibly obvious, at first blush, to outsiders, who the alpha actually is.  Especially among girl gangs and cliques.  Sometimes it is the quiet one who is the actual leader.]

So, basically, and this happened on 11 January, these four young thugs, 3 girls and a boy, trapped the victim, 16-year-old Oksana K in the girls bathroom.  Where, as the second video shows, they beat her up, threw a blanket over her while kicking her (a typical bully maneuver to dehumanize a victim, by covering up her face and her personhood), forced her head down a toilet… every bully trick in the book.

What Would Dostoevsky Say?

According to the norms of Russian culture, Forgiveness is possible only after Punishment has been meted.

I don’t want to get too deep into cultural stereotypes, but some of the commenters to these pieces have noted differences in attitudes between “Western” culture and “Russian” culture.  By Russian culture, they probably mean the Orthodox Church, the way it handles issues of crime and punishment.  I am not a religious person myself, but in my shallow understanding of these matters, the Orthodox way of life makes a distinction between Repentance and Expiation.  In other words, it is not possible for Person A to be forgiven a grievous wrong against Person B, unless Person A has first been punished severely.  Preferably by a tour in the Gulag.

If I may indulge in stereotypes, sometimes Western culture seems to want to skip the Punishment step and go directly to the Forgiveness step.  I am thinking of American politicians, caught philandering or stealing campaign funds, who think it is enough to stand up in front of the TV cameras and declare, not in so many words:  “I SAID I was sorry!  What else do you want from me?”

Also coming to mind is the stereotype of the Catholic priest in the confessional booth, forgiving the most egregious crimes with a simple “10 Hail Mary’s” and you are pardoned.  Just the Hail Mary’s, again, no time in the Gulag.  In the “Interview” video, like typical self-pitying sociopaths, the 3 bully girls complain about the “negative reaction” which they have received in the press, all the threats which these poor dears have endured from an enraged public.  The interviewer pushes them in the direction of apologizing to the victim – but they won’t go that far.  Instead, they continue to diss on her, perhaps in the hope that if they just keep talking and talking and talking, they can bring the press over to their side:  “Oh yeah!  We get it now!  Oksana is a bad girl, you were absolutely right to throw a blanket over her, kick her black and blue, and then force her head down the toilet!  I understand everything, I not only forgive you, but congratulate you on your heroic deed!”

Like I said, these girls just don’t get it.  Even if everything they said about Oksana WERE true, people would still not take their side.  But in fact, every bad thing they say about her has been proved to be false.  They accuse her of stealing their stuff – and yet none of their stuff was ever missing.  They accuse her of having lice in her hair and infecting others – and yet upon medical inspection, Oksana was proven to be clean of any lice or lice eggs.  (Also a ridiculous accusation when you see in the second, “attack”,  video how the juvenile delinquents grab her by the hair – even if I were a violent bully myself, I wouldn’t go near somebody if I thought they had lice!)  And the most ridiculous accusation of all:  That she “didn’t socialize with them”.  Well, as some of the commenters have noted – Just looking into the eyes of these creepy little sociopaths, what normal person would WANT to socialize with THE LIKES OF THEM?  Little Oksana, quite wisely apparently, upon joining this institution, kept her distance from the other inmates and instead focused on her studies.

Issues For Society’s Attention, or:  Where Were the Adults?

In the aftermath of this vicious attack, Russian press notes how the 3 bully girls have been separated from each other (presumably in the hopes of breaking up their little gang); and that the victim, Oksana, has been moved into a safer environment, actually into the home of the Deputy Director of the Technicum, Svetlana Guryanova.  (Which will most likely enrage the bullies even further, since Oksana is now officially the Teacher’s Pet.)

More importantly, the criminal organs of Ulyanovsk Oblast, are investigating this entire incident, and looking into possible charges against the administration of the Technicum.  The key word here being Халатность (“khalatnost”), a very Russian word derived from “khalat” a robe that a lazy person wears around the house; but in this context, a criminal term equivalent to the English term “Criminal Negligence”.

Investigative organs suspect that the Technicum staff knew about the brewing conflict, but did nothing to avert, or mitigate it, until it was too late.

In other words, the children were let down by the adults.

Commenters to the piece wonder if the 4 young perpetrators of this crime will have to face any consequences for their actions?

 

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7 Responses to Bully Girls Spark Debate In Russian Society

  1. Cortes says:

    ” Thank you ” Foyle answered, “I want to be punished ”
    “w
    What?”
    “I want to be purged….I want to pay for what I’ve done and settle the account. I want to get rid of this damnable cross I’m carrying…this ache that’s cracking my spine……..”
    “You want escape ” Dagenham interrupted “There’s no escape ”
    “I want release!”
    “Out of the question ” Y’ang Yeovil said. ” There’s too much of value locked up in your head to be lost by lobotomy ”
    “we’re beyond easy childish things like crime and punishment ” Dagenham added….

    Alfred Bester “The Stars My Destination “

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    • Cortes says:

      PS….
      The cyber punk reviews of the novel focus on Gully Foyle’s forename as Gulliver, which has merit. Better is to recall Jim Hawkins’s name for the dagger he carried in TREASURE ISLAND, his “gully “, imho of course.

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      • yalensis says:

        I must confess my sin!

        I never heard of this writer, Alfred Bester, nor his book, which you reference so glibly.
        And yet his name sounded eerily familiar.
        So, when I googled it, it and performed the surgical action of disambiguation, turns out that Alfred Bester was a character on Babylon 5, a TV show which I confess to having watched on videotape.
        Nay, binge-watched, even. And I even thought it was a pretty great sci-fi show, which opinion, as I understand it, can get a person executed in certain quarters.

        Nonetheless, the Alfred Bester character in BabV was played by none other than our famous Russian playright, Ensign Anton Chekov!

        “Enemy Wessel approaching, Keptin!”

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        • Lyttenburgh says:

          Oh, Alfred Bester was one of the Great Ones – a true Pillar of the Classic Sci-Fi age. He was published in the USSR (because he was deemed as “progressive” author and, well, he wouldn’t be paid anyway…) so a lot of people know about him and other good, quality good Western sci-fi authors.

          Besides his short stories for which he is primarily known, he also authored 2 (IIRC only two) novels – including the award winning “Demolished Man” (my favorite). It’s probably due to his portrayal of the psyker-inclusive society of the future that he was honoured in the Babylon 5 by having a psy-character named after him.

          As for his short stories – I really liked the sardonic humor of the Phenomenon of disappearance:

          ” Это была не последняя война. И не война, которая покончит с войнами вообще. Ее звали Войной за Американскую Мечту. На эту идею как-то наткнулся сам генерал Карпентер и с тех пор только о ней и трубил.
          Генералы делятся на вояк (такие нужны в армии), политиков (они правят) и специалистов по общественному мнению (без них нельзя вести войну). Генерал Карпентер был гениальным руководителем общественного мнения. Сама Прямота и само Простодушие, он руководствовался идеалами столь же высокими и общепонятными, как девиз на монете. Именно он представлялся Америке армией и правительством, щитом и мечом нации. Его идеалом была Американская Мечта.
          – Мы сражаемся не ради денег, не ради могущества, не ради господства над миром, – заявил генерал Карпентер на обеде в Объединении Печати.
          – Мы сражаемся лишь ради воплощения Американской Мечты, – провозгласил он на заседании конгресса 162-го созыва.
          – Мы стремимся не к агрессии и не к порабощению народов, – изрек он на ежегодном обеде в честь выпускников военной академии.
          – Мы сражаемся за дух цивилизации, – сообщил он сан-францисскому Клубу Пионеров.
          – Мы воюем за идеалы цивилизации, за культуру, за поэзию, за Непреходящие Ценности, – сказал он на празднике чикагских биржевиков-хлеботорговцев. – Мы сражаемся не за себя, а за наши мечты, за Лучшее в Жизни, что не должно исчезнуть с лица земли.
          Итак, Америка воевала. Генерал Карпентер потребовал сто миллионов человек. И сто миллионов человек были призваны в армию. Генерал потребовал десять тысяч водородных бомб. И десять тысяч водородных бомб были сброшены на голову противника. Противник тоже сбросил на Америку десять тысяч водородных бомб и уничтожил почти все ее города…”

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  2. Jen says:

    There was a case in Norway in 1994 in which three children of kindergarten age were playing in a park in Trondheim. The two boys forced the girl Silje Redergard to strip and they beat her, then they left her to die from exposure in the snow.

    The Norwegian press agreed not to publish news of the incident and the media in Denmark and Sweden followed suit. The two boys were separated and both began receiving counselling. I believe one is still receiving getting although the nature of it has changed, as once he was of an age to realise what he had done, he began drinking heavily and taking drugs to cope with the guilt. The girl’s family left the neighbourhood.

    The Norwegian approach, considered from the viewpoint of whether or not the press should or should not have published the news of the incident and the identities of the children involved, at least protected the children from public exposure. Perhaps the Russian media might consider following this approach and refuse to give the bullying girls any more exposure than they deserve. As for the way the Norwegian authorities dealt with the incident and the families involved, I think the Redergard family still has some trauma arising from the killing, so maybe that was not handled very well but this incident was probably one of a kind and it is hard to know how it could have been resolved better when there was no previous example to follow.

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