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Russian Police arrest suspect behind the “Blue Whale Challenge” online suicide game

June 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Russian Police arrest suspect behind the “Blue Whale Challenge” online suicide game

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The “administrator” of the horrific “Blue Whale Challenge” suicide game has been tracked down by authorities to a Moscow postman. He purportedly had over 30 schoolgirls under his spell.

Ilya Sidorov, 26, has admitted to conceiving and creating the social media game that gave young individuals a series of dangerous dares, which end in their suicides.

Police interviewed Sidorov over reportedly telling a 13-year-old girl in the isolated village of Yetkul to jump under a train.

The girl had been taken to the hospital with injuries from an attempted suicide. Previously, he purportedly tasked her with outlining a blue whale on her arm and self-harming herself.

Sidorov confessed to “administrating” the online “Blue Whale Challenge” after breaking down during his interrogation.

Sidorov has since been arrested and extradited to Chelyabinsk in the Urals, where he is facing charges related to pushing the schoolgirl’s death.

A police spokesperson said cell phones, a tablet, and several SIM cards had been confiscated as evidence, the New York Post reported.

“The suspect clarified that he is the administrator of a suicide group that had 32 members, all underage. He assigned tasks aimed at injuring themselves to incite suicide.”

However, Sidorov is not the only suicide-game “administrator” to have been busted.

Philipp Budeikin, 21, also remains in custody by Russian police and has been charged with manipulating up to 16 schoolgirls to commit suicide.

The suicide game got its name from the way whales seem to beach themselves on purpose.

The popularity of the “Blue Whale Challenge” has spread beyond Russia, with related suicide attempts in Spain, Portugal, France, and Britain.

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