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In a country where the state has tight control over the media, few cases of bullying in the army come to light.
But in recent years, a number of attacks on soldiers has reached the newspapers and shocked the population.
Many conscripts don't find the Russian military suits them (ITAR-TASS) ST.
PETERSBURG, March 20, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- In a small, cluttered office in the center of St.
He said most of his friends did the same, paying between ,000 and ,000 each to dodge the draft.
Anatoly Tsyganok, director of the independent, Moscow-based Center for Military Forecasting, says the structure of the military needs to be changed.
You're In The Army Now Yezheleva said she has heard of few cases where conscripts were forced into prostitution to earn money for their superiors.It is estimated that up to 70 percent of young men pay their way out of conscription, leaving the poorest and least healthy to make up the armed forces.In a candid address last month, Colonel General Vladimir Mikhailov, the head of Russia's Air Force, spoke out about the state of the country's military.But she said rape and abuse in the military is not unusual."Crimes involving sexual violence do exist in the army," Yezheleva said.
At least 30,000 Syrians have lost limbs in the war, according to conservative estimates.