Whistleblower major jailed for beating soldiers

An army major in the Russian Far East has been sentenced to four years in prison for beating a warrant officer and a soldier.

A military court in Vladivostok also stripped Maj. Igor Matveyev of his rank.

Matveyev, who has a previous criminal record, said he would appeal the conviction.

The ex-major gained notoriety on the web in recent months after exposing corruption at an army base near Vladivostok in a video posted on YouTube.

In it, he accused the base chief of overseeing illegal activities and forcing servicemen to eat dog food.

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