Police in Ingushetia searched throughout the night to locate a child who had reached the final level of online ‘suicide game’ Blue Whale. Human rights defenders and police managed to find the girl before she could complete the game’s final assignment — to commit suicide.
For two weeks, Daghestan has been in uproar over teenage ‘death games’. As Daghestan’s law enforcement agencies are denying information about children’s involvement in the games, local schools and psychologists have been taking action. OC Media tried to find out how popular ‘death games’ are in Daghestan.
Russia has been shocked by the trend of online ‘death games’, which have reportedly led to a wave of suicides among young people. Despite attempts by Russian online social network VKontakte to crack down on the games, they remain popular among young users.