Doctors remove spleen of soldier beaten in Krasnodar KRASNODAR. March 12 (Interfax-AVN) - A conscript soldier who was beaten in Krasnodar has undergone surgery to remove his spleen at a local emergency hospital after suffering a splenic rupture. "Alexander Ivanov from Volgograd had to undergo emergency surgery. The young man was hospitalized last night. He says he was beaten up by other soldiers at his military unit a few days before he was admitted here," a staff member at the hospital's surgical services department told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday. Krasnodar garrison military prosecutor's assistant Oleg Solinov said that, "the Krasnodar garrison's military investigative division has opened a criminal inquiry into this case on charges of "exceeding the authority," and the so called suspect is a sergeant, who is suspected of beating up his junior," he said. Meanwhile, the soldier's mother, Svetlana Ivanova, who came from Volgograd to look after her son, told the agency that her 22-year-old son had served at the military unit since December 20, 2007. "In this short period of time he wrote me three letters, and each of them said that beatings and harassments are a normal thing there," Ivanova said. The attack which led to her son being hospitalized took place in late February, she said. "Allegedly, the sergeant demanded that Alexander give him 100 rubles. After refusing to give the money, my son was beaten up," Ivanova said. "He suffered pains for nine days afterwards. Nobody in the unit did anything about it. It was not until he felt really bad that they called an ambulance," the victim's mother said. ....and STILL nothing done about this, after eight years of rule by the "vertical of power." Not impressive.