Back in my childhood, a pastime was limited to either sports, reading a book or doing chores. The time spent online was minimal to none and even then it was monitored and scrutinized heavily. Nowadays, a new game called ‘Blue Whale’ has devastated many children’s lives and finally, someone has been held responsible for the despicable acts.
Philipp Budeikin is one of the coordinators behind the Blue Whale game.
He has since been sentenced to three years in prison.
Blue Whale is a game where young teenagers are given tasks on a daily basis. These tasks get increasingly difficult and include acts such as watching horror movies all day, waking up at random times throughout the night and also cutting one’s self.
But ultimately, the final task on the fiftieth day is to have the teens commit suicide. So far there have been 16 reported suicides. Budeikin has been charged with inciting two of those suicides.
Officials report that there are as many as 20 suicides but some reports indicate that number could be much higher.
Since his arrest, Budeikin has shown no signs of remorse and has said that his victims were ‘happy to die’ and his acts were merely an attempt to ‘cleanse society.’
The ‘game’ is called Blue Whale because on the final day the victims post a picture of a blue whale on their social media accounts before committing suicide.
One of the assistants to the judge stated that: ‘the trial managed to prove the guilt of the man and his connections to two episodes when he pushed young girls towards suicide.’
Although many have lambasted the lenient sentence of Budeikin, Sergey Pestov who is the father of one of the victims said: ‘it is soft from the human point of view, and we would like to see a tougher sentence.’
He continued on by saying: ‘but at least it is an example. It is good grounds to say that such people will not remain unpunished. So, in general, we feel positive about this verdict.’
Officials are looking for other coordinators who are involved in the deaths of at least 20 youngsters and parents argue that these cases should be treated as murders rather than inciting suicide.
An unnamed parent said: ‘these children were in such a state when they were fully controlled and manipulated. It was like a shooting, a weapon, a knife. I think it must be called murder.’
After Budeikin’s arrest, he said: ‘they were dying happy. I was giving them what they didn’t have in real life: warmth, understanding, connections.’
He has since admitted to 17 deaths and said: ‘there were also those with whom I was simply communicating, who committed suicide later but without my direct influence. There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society.’