One teacher told detectives he received an anonymous call claiming that a pupil had joined a “group of death” – and planned to kill herself.
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Just this week, Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, died after they plunged from the top of a 14-storey building.
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Newspaper Novaya Gazeta said “almost all these children were members of the same internet groups and lived in good, happy families”.
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Yulia left a note on her social media page saying “end” and then posted a photo of a blue whale – a symbol associated with the “game”.
There have been two other suicides in the past week: One girl jumped in front of a train while another jumped from a fifth-floor apartment.
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Investigators say they found the girl who said she joined a “game” on social media network Vkontakte.
A twisted social media suicide game in Russia has been blamed for the deaths of 130 children in less than a year.
Cops say they’ve opened three criminal probes to determine whether there was an incitement to suicide.
Just this week, Yulia Konstantinova, 15, died after plunging from the top of a 14-storey building.
Prosecutors claim he encouraged 15 teens to kill themselves.
Players are given tasks by an administrator, such as cutting words into their hands, searching for buildings to jump from and other twisted missions. The alleged victims are all girls.
One alleged ringleader of the suicide game, Filipp Budeikin, 21, has been charged with organizing groups “promoting suicide.”
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