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Man Behind The Twisted Blue Whale 'Suicide Game' Arrested

He says his victims who kill themselves are 'biological waste' and that he is 'cleansing society'

Philipp Budeikin, is being held in a Russian jail on charges of inciting more than a dozen girls to take their own lives.

Police are alleging Budeikin was the mastermind behind a social media game called the Blue Whale challenge.

It's believed the game was named after blue whales because of the belief that they wash up on beaches to die.

The Russian 21-year-old - who has now confessed to the crimes - says he thinks of his victims as 'biological waste' and told police that they were 'happy to die' and he was 'cleansing society'.

The tactic was to slowly warp participants' minds over 50 days, where the final challenge was to commit suicide.

If that wasn't messed up enough, Budeikin's motive behind it is even more sinister. He's told a news organisation in St Petersburg: "They were dying happy. I was giving them what they didn't have in real life: warmth, understanding, connections.

It's a sick, twisted, psychologically manipulating game where people willingly sign up and complete a variety of strange tasks (waking up in the middle of the night, watching a scary movie) and self-harm every day.

Budeikin has admitted to offering encouragement to his victims if they express doubt during the 'game'. He once told one teenage girl that life never gets better, that she wasn't interesting and her parents didn't understand or need her.

He's even told prosecutors he was responsible for pushing a participant to leap to her death from a 14-storey building.

News of the challenge has prompted police in the UK to send out a warning to children and young adults. The challenge has spread across Europe where cases have been opened in Belgium and France.

Police forces in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have urged parents to monitor their child's social media.

Russian prison authorities say they have received dozens of love letters from teenage girls for the suspect at notorious Kresty jail in St Petersburg, which they passed on to him since he was held in November pending a trial.

Worringly, by law they say they cannot ban Budeikin - also known by the name Philipp Lis (meaning Fox) - from receiving and replying to teenage girls who supply their addresses.

Rosstat national statistics agency published data that 22,839 people committed suicide in 2016, down from 24,982 in 2015, without differentiating age groups.
The latest figure has more than halved from 2005 when there were 45,800 suicides.

Source: DailyMail

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