A disturbing video (below) of a group of girls at a Russian orphanage brutally attacking one of their peers on Jan. 11 has gone viral.
The video features the older attackers stomping on the screaming younger victim, punching her, and even forcing her head into the toilet.
Two other young individuals stand by watching in horror, while the person filming eggs the violence on.
The footage, which was posted to YouTube by a Russian user, prompted an official police investigation, with at least two girls arrested so far, the Daily Mail reports. At least two of the alleged attackers have been identified as 18-year-olds Irina Azhina and Svetlana Kuklova.
In the video, he girls scream at the victim: “We’ll kill you! Spreading lice, how is that normal?” and “She'll kick you to death, want to try.”
The victim, Oksana Krasnova, somehow managed to escape but is now receiving medical and psychological treatment.
In the wake of this disturbing footage, Russian government official Pavel Astakhov wants posting videos like these to be made illegal.
Doctors say the girl did not have lice and it is unclear exactly why she was attacked.
This is not the first time a Russian orphanage has been under fire for a video depicting beatings.
In 2013, footage of two teenaged caretakers beating up seven boys aged 7 to 10 went viral, The Guardian reports.
In that video, the caretakers were seen kicking the children and lashing them with a belt.
It was later revealed that the two caretakers were also products of the same orphanage, with one of them stating, “I was beaten in the orphanage, and I will beat."
“The scandal has highlighted the often poor state of Russia's orphanage system, whose methods and infrastructure remain little changed from Soviet times,” Miriam Elder writes for The Guardian from Russia.
Moreover, despite these poor conditions, many believe the government purposefully does not do enough to place orphans in family homes where they may be better treated.
"This system is extremely profitable for the corrupted bureaucracy," Boris Altschule, a veteran children's rights campaigner, said, according to the BBC. "That's why even the best practice in Russia…is paralyzed and stopped by the system through the members of parliament."
Warning: Footage Contains Disturbing Content