Sgt. Artur Vaganov shot and killed ten sleeping soldiers in a breakaway
region of Abkhazia in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He then
turned the gun on himself.
Sgt. Artur Vaganov (10)
On June 2, 1997, Sgt. Vaganov, a mentally
unstable Russian soldier in a unit posted in the breakaway region of
Abkhazia in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, shot and killed 10
sleeping comrades and wounded three others before turning his gun on
Lt. Gen. Dolia Babenkov told the Interfax news agency
that Vaganov -- who was probalby drunk or pissed off about a hazing --
had "prepared for the murder beforehand, disabling the weapons"
of his fellow conscripts. "He wanted to kill all the 19 men on duty
at the 203rd post."
The rampage was similar to several other
incidents in recent years that have plagued the Russian military. A week
earlier, Pvt. Yevgeny Gorbunov ran amok outside a military store in the
Chita region of Siberia killing five fellow soldiers and an officer. The
Russian Committee of Soldiers' Mothers, which defends the rights of
conscripts, says the army is suffering an epidemic of soldiers driven to
murder by low morale, bullying and ill-treatment from superiors.
The Moscow Times
June 5, 1997
GALI, Abkhazia -- One night in June at
a lonely Russian post in the small village of Sida, Sergeant Artur
Vaganov, 22, of the Russian peacekeeping force here, woke up to commit
Very deliberately, he cut the post's
communications, gathered together all the weapons and opened fire on his
fellow soldiers as they slept in their bunks. He shot dead 10 men and
wounded three more before killing himself. The building was still awash
with blood the next day, eyewitnesses said.