A disturbing new trend in Russia includes young children making threatening videos imitating terrorists and sending them to adults as a joke.
With several of the videos on the Internet, authorities reassure the public that they are not serious threats.
In one video a Dagestani boy of about 12, demands good grades within five days of the video’s receipt.
“If you don’t do that, I’ll first kill Khalimat and Nurmagomed and then come at you. Insha'Allah (If God is willing),” says the smiling 12-year-old.
The boy holds a reportedly plastic gun in his hand and sits in front of an ornate Arabic scroll. He finished by saying “Allahu Akbar.”
In another video, a boy around the same age holding a plastic machine gun demands $60,000 and a motorcycle from someone named Mohammed. If he doesn’t get what he wants in five days, the boy says Mohammed’s “son and a couple of other people” will be dead.
Russia Today called the video the “new form of entertainment” in the Russian Republic of Dagestan.
“However, many are wondering why young children – who are known to copy the actions of adults – are taking part in such violent role play,” Russia Today wrote.
“Children are just like litmus paper. They absorb all the bad and good things happening in society,” Fatima Ubaidatova, of the Dagestan Interior Ministry Press Service, told the Komsomolskaya newspaper.
Ubaidatova said the children are likely under the age of 14, “So their parents will be punished. Most probably with a fine.”
“It’s so painful, such a shame that children take part in them (the videos). But it’s a mistake of adults who set an example,” said Dagestani police officer Indira Aganyeva.