Tag: dedovshchina

Putin in Syria: Friends And Family Reject Official Claims That Soldier Committed Suicide In Syria

October 28, 2015

LIVE UPDATES: Vadim Kostenko, a Russian Air Force serviceman who died in Syria on Saturday, is being buried today. Friends and family insist that the government is lying about his cause of death. The previous post in our Putin in Syria column can be found here.

Moscow’s Plan to Create Military Police ‘Falls Victim to Interagency Intrigues,’ ‘Sovershenno Sekretno’ Says

July 6, 2015

Staunton, July 2 – Moscow in March 2015 confirmed the statute for military police in the Russian armed forces as part of an effort to fight dedovshchina and modernize the military, but three months later, the creation of this critical network has been blocked, the victim of infighting among various agencies, according to an article […]

Is the Russian Army about to Get a Central Asian Face?

April 12, 2015

Staunton, April 11 – Moscow’s proposals to create a Russian foreign legion and to allow Tajikistan citizens to serve in the ranks of the Russian Army are “extremely timely” ideas, according to Shomurod Madamin. “Russians don’t want to serve in their own army,” but Tajiks have few good options and service in Russian ranks is […]

Ukrainian Fighting Causing Some Russians to Seek to Avoid the Draft

October 20, 2014

Staunton, October 13 – Despite claims by Russian officials that all is well with the draft in Russia and that in fact fewer young men are seeking to avoid service than in the past, claims often accompanied by pointing to the problems Ukraine is having filling the ranks, the situation in the Russian Federation with […]

Russian Soldiers’ Mothers Group Helping 7,000 Soldiers and Family Members Every Year

October 6, 2014

Staunton, October 3 – Few non-governmental organizations in the Russian Federation have done more to protect the interests of ordinary Russians against the irresponsible power of the Russian state than the Mother’s Right Foundation, which over the 20 years of its existence has helped 7,000 soldiers and their relatives from mistreatment each year. Over the […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 203: Poroshenko Heads To Mariupol

September 8, 2014

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For […]