A military inquiry is to be launched into the shocking injuries sustained by a young Russian conscript at a tank academy in the Ural mountains. Doctors have had to amputate the young man’s legs and parts of his genitals after fellow soldiers repeatedly beat him.Private Andrei Sychev contracted gangrene after it was said that he was forced to squat for several hours on New Year’s Eve and then tied to chairs and attacked. Eight other conscripts were also injured in what’s been described by investigators as a brutal case of bullying. Responding to the outcry over the incident, Russia’s Defence Minister, Sergei Ivanov, has promised that the findings of the inquiry will be published. But human rights groups have critised the response as being too slow and have called for the academy to be closed. Meanwhile relations of the victim are at the hospital, where private Sychev is being held in intensive care. His mother has complained that she has been given very little information about her son’s condition or indeed who was responsible for the attack. Bullying in the Russian armed forces is said to be widespread.