A Russian soldier who was drafted into President Vladimir Putin’s unpopular mobilization effort got drunk and beat his commanding officer to death on a military train, court officials say.
The deadly attack took place last Friday in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia.
Investigators say the unnamed staff sergeant was sitting in a military-only train car when he attacked a captain who had also been called up under the draft order.
The officer was pronounced dead from his injuries at Misyash station. He has not been identified.
The Magnitogorsk military court ruled that the sergeant will remain in custody for two months for committing acts of violence against a commander during the mobilization, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison, according to officials from the court.
In September, Putin ordered the mobilization of 300,000 reservists to bolster Russian forces fighting in Ukraine.
Since then there have been numerous reports of disgruntled conscripts getting drunk and fighting with other soldiers and officers.
Hundreds of thousands of Russian men of military age fled the country to avoid being sent to the front line, with some of the escapees ending up in the United States.
US Customs and Border Protection data said officers have encountered more than 31,600 Russians crossing the southern border to seek asylum since the outbreak of war in February.
In November alone, customs officers encountered more than 5,500 Russian migrants.
By comparison, for the whole of fiscal year 2021, Customs recorded only about 4,100 encounters with Russian asylum seekers.