Russian Cops Nab 17-Year-Old Blue Whale Challenge ‘Mastermind’

Accused of being the mastermind behind the game, the teen reportedly issued murder threats to her victims.

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 The rising popularity of the perverse internet game, Blue Whale Challenge, has authorities on their toes all over the world.
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A 17-year-old girl has been arrested by the Russian Police in connection to the Blue Whale Challenge, a sinister game that has claimed the lives of several teens around the globe.

Accused of being the mastermind behind the game, the teen reportedly issued murder threats to her victims or their family members if they failed to go through with the tasks she assigned. These tasks generally involved cutting themselves with razors and blades.

According to the Daily Mail, the footage released by the Russian Police showed officials raiding the house of the teenager, where they came across portraits of Philip Budeikin, a psychology student who has confessed to being the inventor of the game.

Once a victim of the game herself, the accused did not take her life, and instead turned into an administrator on the site. Speaking to Daily Mail, Colonel Irina Volk from the Russian Interior Ministry said,

This administrator was sending particular tasks, often life-threatening , to each of several dozen members of the group.

Over the past month, cases of teens in India losing their lives or attempting to commit suicide have made headlines, with one common thread of the 'Blue Whale Challenge' running through.

The Blue Whale Challenge is an online game that apparently coaxes vulnerable teens to take a series of 50 challenges ranging from waking at odd hours, to self mutilation to eventually killing themselves all the while sharing their experiences via social media with the administrators.

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