Russian Police Arrest Man Believed to Be Mastermind of ‘Blue Whale Suicide Game’

MOSCOW — Russian police have arrested a man believed to be the mastermind behind the “Blue Whale Suicide Game,” which attracted young girls to its various activities leading up to ending one’s life.

Ilya Sidorov, 26, allegedly confessed this week to creating the social media game, which includes instructions to carry out various tasks over a 50-day period that negatively affect the person’s mental health, from drawing a blue whale on their arm and cutting themselves, to watching horror films, to depriving themselves of sleep. The player is then asked to ultimately commit suicide.

The game is believed to be responsible for scores of deaths, including that of a 13-year-old girl from Yetkul, who was instructed by Sidorov to jump under a train.

Sidorov reportedly broke down crying when being questioned by police about the matter.

“What was the final task? How does the game end?” he was asked, according to recorded video of the questioning.

“To commit suicide,” Sidorov replied.

“The suspect clarified that he is the administrator of a so-called suicide group that had 32 members, all of them underage,” a police spokeswoman told the New York Post. “He assigned them tasks aimed at injuring themselves in order to incite suicide.”

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According to reports, Sidorov had been reported to police by foster parent Iraida Ryzhenkova after a teenager she had taken in had to be transported to the hospital.

“In May, this year a 14-year-old girl from Chelyabinsk region was taken to hospital with slash wounds after attempting to commit suicide,” Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman Colonel Irina Volk told the Daily Mail.

“The underage girl was a member of a so-called death group in a social network. She was completing a task assigned by administrator of the group,” she explained.

Police are also investigating the deaths of Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, who had both written the words “end” on their social media pages the day of their death. Konstantinova had additionally posted an image of a blue whale earlier in the day.

In addition to Sidorov, Philipp Budeikin, 21, has also been taken into custody for being an administrator of an online suicide game. He has been charged in connection with coercing 16 young girls to commit suicide. The girls died mostly by hanging or jumping from tall buildings.


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  • Nidalap

    Sick and evil.
    And ever increasing in the world as it turns from God.
    They just never are able to find anything that can fill that void…

    • Lorne Zwelk

      I think this “game” would be offensive to anyone regardless of their religion.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Atheists don’t care. So many are believing in the doctrines of over-population. What’s the worth of controlling and surviving on the expense of young people and the unborn children’s life? No one can live on earth for eternity. There will be just more severity of God’s wrath upon the world. Mankind need Jesus Christ to cherish life, really.

        • Lorne Zwelk

          Atheists most definitely DO care. Just because they don’t adopt a faith doesn’t mean they want to see kids killing themselves. What is the matter with you.

          • Amos Moses

            they have adopted a truely blind faith …… that God does not exist …..

          • Lorne Zwelk

            Regardless of what you think about it, they have that right.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Atheists need Christian education to cherish life and to be made humane, like everyone else does.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            What if they had Christian education, and decided against it?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Belief is by choice, but the atheists’ blasphemy, abortion-murder, and forcing of the Sodomy must be barred. If those evils are left alone, mankind lose equality and freedom. People have rights to morality.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            What is “forcing of the sodomy”? Are you talking about rape? I do not understand you.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Forcing of Sodomy = demanding people to accept homosexuality and transgenderism as something normal and also punishing those who do not acknowledge the same sex sins as marriage. People have rights to declare and treat homosexuality/transgenderism/Satanism as sins. Western culture is too tyrannical-sinful this century.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Atheists want population decrease because they don’t trust in God. Atheists don’t care because they don’t believe in the Good; that’s why they support abortion and suicide.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            I don’t think you can make a claim like that on behalf of all atheists. I know many atheists and they don’t support suicide and why would they want a population decrease?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Atheists support suicide by euthanasia. They believe the planet is being hurt by humanuty’s over-population, but actually it’s abortion-murder that is hurting the planet. Genesis 4. Mankind must make efforts to live and let lifve, especially the children.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            I know many Christians who support euthanasia. I know many Christians who are pro choice. I know no atheists who support murder. Are you quite sure you have this right?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Christians do not support euthanasia; it’s against the Christian doctrines of life. They are atheists or apostates. Abortion is murder, but the atheists support it. To them, unborn children are sub-humans though actually fully human. Psalm 139.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            Well, I have provided examples that prove all of your statements wrong, so what about that? My grandmother was a devout Christian and elected to die via euthanasia. She simply couldn’t take the pain anymore.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            I’m sorry for your grandmother. She is in God’s hand, now, Things could have been different if she trusted in God more. You do not know everything about her or life anyway. We do know we must try to live and let others live unconditionally. Read Exodus 20 to know God’s command. Psalm 14 is about you. You must repent of your unbeief. Read John 3 to know how to get saved.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            She DID trust in God. Her decision to be euthanized didn’t detract from her strong faith in Christ in any way.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You don’t know everything about her. You must repent your unbelief. True Christians live out the life span the Creator God gives.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            I knew her very well. You, on the other hand, did not know her at all.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Why didn’t you believe in God if you had a Christian grandmother?

          • Lorne Zwelk

            Why do you think I don’t believe in God?

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            You sound like a Western atheist, a secular non-believer in the Western Civilization. You guys always sound alike like the photocopies of something, having read the same atheist junks.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            Yes, I notice you make these assumptions a lot and that’s probably why so many people battle with you. My advice is to stop assuming all Christians think only one way and atheists only think one way. People are complex.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            There are main features in each group. Western atheists truly talk and behave the same. I only write in Christian sites, though Western atheists attack me even in the Christian sites. I feel like talking to a single person. You guys are a product of one single belief and a culture.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            One culture with many, many ideas.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Godless altogether. You guys need Judeo-Christian dominion to be good. Read the Holy Bible, the Gospel of John especially, to be saved.

          • Sisyphus

            Based on a small sample of your Internet discussion postings, you have be determined unclean. Best not to try to make sense of it, just accept the judgement.

          • Lorne Zwelk

            This is a great place to learn about yourself. Just ask someone else…they seem to know everything ABOUT you!

      • Sisyphus

        Or lack thereof

        • Grace Kim Kwon

          Western atheists believe in filthy self.

          • Sisyphus

            I’ve lived my entire adult life as agnostic, and have never oppressed a Christian. If religion is the way you find meaning in your life, that is fine with me. Existentialism is funny like that.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      So sad that youth have to face all the suicide-inducing novels, movies, and games. Youth need Christian education to cherish life including one’s own.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Altogether demonic. Life is not a game but a sacred gift from the Creator God. The Russian youth should not seek entertainment or games but seek God, truth, and honor to be happy and meaningful. Jesus Christ saves sinners.

    • Nick Bush

      So youth should become good little church mice and live plain lives.

      Sounds like a boring existence. Are you sure you’re not a troll?

  • Unfortunately, there is also a lot of degeneracy and wickedness going on in the former Eastern bloc. There might be other kinds of degeneracy than in the West, but there is still no reason to idealize Russia and the former Eastern bloc states.

    And I say that as a Slavic emigrant myself. These are broken countries with broken cultures, and the way some Western right-wingers idealize Eastern Europe is, unfortunately(!), completely wrong. (And Orthodoxy is as wrong as Catholicism, btw.)

    There are no countries (left?) that one can idealize, no countries that give one good reason to be a flag-waving patriot. The Church is my fatherland now, and Christ my only King at this point. (And there’s also no reason to be naive about the state of the visible church with all the apostasy and modernism etc. going on.)

    This is why one of my favorite verses in the Bible is in the great letter to the Hebrews, where Christians are reminded that “here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” I always found this to be a comforting thought.

  • Dianne

    Suicide is the number one killer of young teens and there needs to be Christian websites that aggressively addresses this extremely egregious behavior plaguing so many of our youths in today’s societies. Also I hope and pray that the worldwide web will implement safeguards to monitor devious predators before it is too late to save precious lives.
    1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.