AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD boy had to undergo surgery to have buckwheat removed from his knees after his stepfather forced him to kneel on a pile of the seeds for prolonged periods of time in Russia.
Sergey Kazakov, 35, punished the boy for coming home late by making him kneel for 9-hours on the grain, causing the seeds to take root in his bloodied knees.
Kazakov also admitted to kicking the boy and pulling his hair while he was kneeling down, with his mother Alina Yumasheva stating that she had approved the punishment.
Speaking to a local Russian newspaper, the pair claimed that they discovered the form of punishment on the internet and when they tried out for themselves for a few minutes it didn’t hurt at all.
However, sources close to the investigation said the boy was often abused by his mother and stepfather who would regularly starve the boy for up to 4 days at a time.
Kazakov also had told the police he only carried out the buckwheat punishment once, but a search of his phone painted a very different picture, with the boy being forced to kneel on the seeds on multiple occasions.
The boy’s ordeal came to light when he ran from his family home and begged his neighbour to help. Evidently horrified by what she saw, she called the doctor because of the size of the wound on his knees which were bleeding heavily at the time.
Kazakov and Yumasheva are now facing trial in Omsk where they are accused of torture, causing damage to the boy’s health and failure to educate the child.
Kazakov has been remanded in custody and the boy’s mother is prohibited from leaving her home pending the criminal investigation.
As Euro Weekly News understands, when the young boy was in hospital he pleaded with the nurse to not send him home, however the boy has subsequently been returned into his mother’s care.