Russian police have arrested a 17-year-old girl suspected of masterminding the ‘Blue Whale challenge’ suicide game.
The unnamed teenager allegedly encouraged vulnerable teens to commit a variety of horrifying acts in a 50-day span before blackmailing them into taking their own lives via social media.
The teenager issued threats to her victims to murder them or their family members if they failed to complete tasks.
She set them involving cutting themselves with razor blades and other acts of self-harm.
Russian state investigators said the girl, was originally a player of the Blue Whale Challenge. However, she did not finish the challenge and ended up becoming an ‘admin’ of the game instead.
“This administrator was sending particular tasks, often life-threatening, to each of several dozen members of the group,” a Metro report quotes Colonel Irina Volk, Russian Interior Ministry.
“In contrast to similar groups, teenagers in this group were blackmailed with death threats against them or their relatives for not completing the tasks,” the official added.
She has been accused of setting the 50 tasks of the Blue Whale Challenge which ‘create psychologically traumatising situations’ and end with the victim committing suicide.
The girl was arrested from Russia’s Khabarovsk Krai region
The Blue Whale Challenge’s creator, 22-year-old Philipp Budeikin was arrested in Russia earlier this year and sentenced to three years in prison.
But still the challenge continued to claim lives across the world.