If we look at organized stalking as a social phenomena that is similar to bullying or mobbing only in different settings we will see a lot of parallels. If we can’t really observe organized stalking, we can only try to look at some hard data that organized stalking might have generated. I know it’s completely unscientific at this point, just some thoughts. Suicide is tragic outcome where individual decides to take his own life intentionally due to being unable to manage despair and frustration .
Organized stalking / gangstalking (OS/GS) victims are attacked on many fronts so if they take their life it could be attributed to most believable issue. I’m not saying that all suicides are product of OS/GS, but some of them probably are. Loss of social status and mental health issues identified as one of the main causes of suicide. Same issues are also closely related with organized stalking.
How would you classify Aaron Swartz suicide? Who’s to blame? Mental issues? Life crisis? Loss of social reputation? Government oppression? Cumulative troubles?
Along with suicide there are suicide attempts and suspicious deaths that also should be considered. The reason I thought suicide statistics are relevant is because I’m from Lithuania – the suicide capital of the world.
I understand that there are many factors to consider about trying to extrapolate such data out of statistics. Another thing that would make this exercise futile is the possibility of manipulation and shaping statistics, incompatible standards, inaccurate reporting. Numbers can lie too.
Right away we see abnormalities in the chart. Sharp drop in suicides in the period of 1985-1992. After early nineties suicides jumped through the roof. This whole period was very turbulent if looking from geopolitical perspective. Gorbachev came to power in 1985, perestroika, soviet republics fight for independence, etc. One could attribute such drop in suicides to some sort hope for better life in population at large. Economic factors can be pretty much discounted. Perestroika period wasn’t easier for population – rationing, coupons, empty shelves in the stores, uncertain future, layoffs, hold-up wages. Glasnost and all – it was still hard core communism at that time. Another argument could be made that some repressive mechanisms of the communist regime got loosened. Political oppression decreased as attention shifted to new threats, opportunities for power grab, privatization, setting your life for upcoming new dawn, emerging organized crime structures, etc. If looking from high policing perspective – weakened regime means weaker high policing. During that time use of psychiatry for political purposes also dropped dramatically.
After new independent states formed, new governing system came to place. Hard to tell about high policing mechanisms that regime uses to cement it’s existence. So if thinking from “hope” standpoint, the suicides should have had continued to decrease as new era of independence brought all these exciting freedoms and opportunities provided by the democracy. On the contrary – suicides rose dramatically. I remember that period. Life didn’t change overnight. Some only saw change in labeling. Some longed for old times, even though most were highly patriotic. Could it be related to formation of new secret police and surveillance apparatus? I can only speculate, but they probably were quite weak at the beginning, but that was compensated with morally justified motivation against communism ideology and hatred towards previous regime.
Another strange thing: “historically, suicides among Rome Catholics occur less often than among representatives of other religions and faiths. However, currently this assumption is refuted by a traditional Catholic country Lithuania, where the suicide rate is the highest in the world.”
I might be shooting blanks into the space, but I think suicide statistics should be lower in any country’s transitional period between regimes then state security apparatus is weakened as idealogical threat definition becomes less clear.
Lets take East Germany and it’s transition to unification. We know about feared Stasi secret police and infamous Zersetzung (lots of organized stalking victims see similarities in tactics). Problem is that GDR was very protective of such statistics as they could tarnish it’s international reputation. Even now I had trouble finding such statistics.
Looking at this chart drop isn’t as sharp as expected, but it continued on the downward trend in coming years (only local copy as file has been censored elsewhere).
Stasi regime influence on suicides is inconclusive, but unlike in Baltic states suicides continued to decrease. Transition to unification was different and perestroika didn’t affect Stasi as it affected KGB.
My case is weak. Perestroika was interesting period in Soviet Union and If you have a better theory why suicides dropped sharply during that period I’d like to hear about it.