A teenage student at a school in southeastern Siberia has attacked a group of younger students with an ax, injuring at least six other people before trying to kill himself.
It was the third attack within a week by teenagers who have turned on other students at Russian schools, prompting authorities in Moscow to investigate whether there are possible links between the cases.
Deputy Communications and Mass Media Minister Aleksei Volin said on January 19 that steps were being taken to block social media groups that incite school violence.
Volin said his ministry and Roskomnadzor, the Russian federal executive body for media and telecommunications, have “agreed on blocking such groups.”
The attack on the morning of January 19 took place in Sosnovy Bor — a village where a garrison for Russian airborne troops is located in the Buryatia region, about 20 kilometers east of Ulan-Ude.
Svetlana Petrenko, a representative of the local branch of the Russian Investigative Committee, described the attacker as a ninth-grade student at the school.