Voices from Russia

Sunday, 23 November 2014

23 November 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… “Russian Beauty” Competition in Moscow

00 Russian Beauty competition. 23.11.14

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The 20th Russian Beauty Competition took place at the Moscow State Musical Folklore Theater. These sure aren’t the stereotypical Russian women, are they?

BMD

Friday, 31 January 2014

Minoborony Big Urged Russian Women to Join the Army

00 Russian female soldier. 31.01.14

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On Friday, Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said that more women should serve as long-service personnel in the Russian forces, telling a meeting of Siberian university students, “My personal opinion is that we should see more women in the ranks serving as officers, generals, sergeants, and privates”. He added that such service would be voluntary. Pankov said that 200 women were cadets at various military education establishments in Russia last year; he expects that number to grow in 2014, noting, “We’ve opened admission [for women] even to the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School… and the number of applications is enormous. This goes to show that women want to enter the military profession, so, we shouldn’t ignore it”. According to statistics, 11,000 women are now on military duty, down from 30,000 five years ago due to staff cuts under present military reforms. They serve as officers and NCOs, mainly in staff positions, as specialists in medical and financial services, or in communications units.

31 January 2014

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/military_news/20140131/187091825/Russian-Women-Urged-to-Join-Army-Ranks.html

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Video. 102 Russian Female Skydivers Practise Formation Free-Fall

00 Aleksei Kalima. Chechen Female Parachutists. 2008 – Resized

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A group of 102 Russian female skydivers from the Zhemchuzhiny Rossii (Pearls of Russia) team trained on the ground before trying to create a tricolour formation in midair. To watch this 71-second RIA-Novosti video in English showing them preparing for the stunt, click here. On 26 July, Russian parachuting enthusiasts mark their unofficial holiday, Parachutist‘s Day. Badass mamas, all the way around…

12 July 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/video/20130712/182184996/102-Female-Skydivers-Practise-Formation-Free-Fall.html

Friday, 8 March 2013

8 March 2013. Ura! It’s International Women’s Day

00 8 March International Women's Day

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This is one of those old-chestnut old-school Sov holidays. Everybody loves ‘em and everybody has a good time. It’s observed all over the old Soviet space. It’s our day… URA!

BMD

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