Basically it's a story of abuse within the Russian Military on conscripts. The Russian military claim that there are 6,000 cases of abuse a year within their ranks but this particular one is absolutely horrendous.
After going on a drinking spree to celebrate New Year a Sergeant tied a conscript to a chair and beat him up. The Private was then made to crouch for so long that the bloodflow was cut off from his legs and he developed gangrene. Due to the extent of the gangrene he has since had to have both his legs and his genitals amputated. He's still in hospital nine months after the incident.
The Sergeant denies he did anything wrong.
The Sergeant got four years in prison.
I'm sorry but if I was a judge - or in charge of determining punishments - that Sergeant and the otehrs involved would have gotten a hell of a lot more than four lousy years in prison. He'd have been lucky to walk out of prison alive if it was up to me! People like that should either be locked away for good, locked away and sent to a hard labour camp or executed if the country's laws allow that! The private involved was only 18 and now has to live the rest of his life without legs or genitals due to drunken abuse and torture.
I may be very liberal but when it comes to crimes involving physical/mental abuse/torture I really think most of the worlds judicial systems are way too lenient.
Russia Soldier Jailed For Abuse (BBC News Online; Tuesday 26th September 2006)