- Press release 100/1243
Mother's Right Foundation received new information on the case of death of Alexandr Mazhuga (press release 62/1205, 6/07/2009 issued by the foundation). Let us remind you that Alexander Mazhuga (born in 1988) was called up to the army on June 24, 2009. Along with the other recruits he was sent from Chelyabinsk to Birobidzhan on June 27 by a Far Eastern military train. In the city of Chelyabinsk Sasha's parents Mazhuga Sergey and Nazarova Tatyana saw him off at the station this day and he looked happy. The parents gave him enough food to eat and to share with comrades and 500 rubles (disappeared later). He didn't reach Birobidzhan. On June 30, military commissar Safronov called Sasha's parents and told that their son had committed suicide in the train at night from June 29 to 30. He told that everyone had left the train on the station but Alexander was a man of the day in the carriage so he had stayed there and when all the recruits had returned they had found him in the noose. Military commissar told the parents that Alexander had been in critical condition in the hospital of Nizhneudinsk, Irkutsk region. It seemed strange to them that their son had been alone at about 1.00 A.M. and that they were informed only 14 hours after the accident. Sasha's parents rushed to Nizhneudinsk and on July 2 arrived to the hospital. They found him in a third degree coma which finally resulted in death. The parents found haematomas and scratches in his head and made pictures of it. The picture of a scratch on the left side of the forehead and the picture of a haematoma near the left eye was published in various mass media. On July 6, Sasha died. Forensic medical examination was performed during an official investigation in Nizhneudinsk, but Sasha's parents requested an independent examination in their native Kurgan after getting Mother's Right Foundation consulting. The results of examinations will for sure impress you.
First examination. Report made by forensic pathologists of the 80 - th State Forensic Medical and Criminal Examinations Centre in Siberian Military District (Irkutsk division of Forensic Medical Examinations). According to descriptive part: Hyoid bone and laryngeal cartilages except for tracheal pelvic rings cut during tracheotomy are not injured. According to conclusions: Closed single oblique bottom - up from right to left and from front to back life - time line of depression caused by compression of neck organs made by noose (tightened under the body's weight) was found in the upper part of the neck of the corps of Alexander Mazhuga. Morphology and oblique direction of the line indicates that it appeared when the noose tightened under the weight of Alexander Mazhuga.
Second examination. Report made by forensic pathologists of Kurgan Region Bureau of Forensic Medical Examinations. According to descriptive part: Mobility of thyrohyal on the right side of hyoid bone was found. Complete transverse fracture at the basal of the right thyrohyal with dark cherry color hemorrhage in the fracture of 1 centimeter size was found on the shield - like cartilage. According to conclusions: Horizontal unclosed single life - time line of depression in middle sides of the scruff of the corps, the fact and the nature of hyoid bone and shield - like cartilage fracture as well as the nature of mechanical asphyxia indicates that totality of injuries on the neck which lead to mechanical asphyxia was the result of compression of neck organs made by a noose. A noose not wider than 2.5 centimeters was made of semi hard materials. Line of depression intensity on the scruff from the right side and on the back side of the neck and thyrohyal and shield - like cartilage fracture indicates that the scruff from the right side and the back side of the neck was mostly affected during compression. Line of depression nature and disposition (horizontal unclosed in the middle of the neck) and unilateral fracture of thyrohyal and shield - like cartilage fracture (right side) shows the impossibility of self hanging.
Also the results of examinations of other injuries of the body of Alexander Mazhuga made by official forensic pathologists and independent forensic pathologists deserve attention.
According to first examination: Also a scratch secondary to ecchymoma on the left side of frontal region of head and one ecchymoma on the left side of zygomatic region was found during the examination of the corps of Alexander Mazhuga. A scratch secondary to eccymoma on the left side of frontal region of head and one ecchymoma on the left side of zygomatic region was the result of not less than 2 blunt - force traumas. Blunt - force traumas were probably caused by convex parts of the water - closet in the carriage.
According to second examination: Hemorrhage in the soft parts in the middle of occipital of head most probably was the result of blunt - force trauma caused by contact of the head of Alexander Mazhuga with unlimited surface (a floor, a wall). Hemorrhage in soft parts of parietooccipital region of head and hemorrhage in the gingival of low jaw as well as ecchymoma of the left side of the neck was the result of blunt - force trauma caused by contact with limited surface. Scar cicatrization on the left side of frontal region of head is the result of blunt - forced trauma caused by contact with round surface (for example convex parts of a buckle). Ecchymoma of the left side of the neck was the result of blunt - force trauma caused by pressing the neck (for example with a punch). Ecchymomas in left side of infrascapular region was the result of blunt - force trauma caused by contact with even square surface (for example with a buckle). Ecchymomas in anterior interface of the left shoulder and the back with hemorrhage in the muscles of the back was the result of blunt - force trauma caused by contact with long surface about 5 centimeters wide (for example with a belt). There is a possibility that the back region was hit with a belt for four times and was hit with a buckle for one time and that the left shoulder region was hit with a belt for one time.
One doesn't need to be a forensic pathologist to see that the results of military examiners and the results of civilian examiners are poles asunder.
Mother's Right Foundation presented a petition to the Military Investigation Agency of Investigation Committee at the Prosecutors Office of Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal Circuit with a request 1. Admit and enter upon the record the results of independent forensic medical examination. 2. Perform re - examination by other forensic pathologists. 3. Familiarize the victim with the decree of re - examination (for the victim to be able to question the forensic pathologists) before re - examination. 4. Give a reasoned reply to the petition in written form.