Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Russia Allows Draftees to Serve With Pets

00 Russian army soldier with dog. 02.10.13

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Ahead of the autumn draft, which began on Tuesday, General Yevgeni Burdinsky, deputy head of the General Staff‘s Chief Organisation and Mobilisation Directorate, said that Russian conscripts whose dogs have training in certain activities are welcome to do their mandatory year of military service with their pets. He said, “If a conscript and his dog have undergone special training courses and have acquired certain skills, then, such specialists are in demand with the Russian forces. During our draft we pay attention to a conscript’s request to do military service together with his pet”. Contrary to popular belief, German shepherd dogs aren’t the only ones in demand. Burdinsky observed, “For example, a spaniel is a hunting dog. It has search abilities and can locate drugs. We seek out such dogs. The dog’s breed isn’t important, but its training is”.

1 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/russia/20131001/183889934/Russia-Allows-Army-Draftees-to-Serve-With-Pets.html

 

Saturday, 30 March 2013

30 March 2013. RIA-Novosti Video. VDV Paratrooper Priests Jump with Mobile Chapel

00b VDV Chaplains. 29.03.13

VDV chaplains awaiting the “green light” to jump

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00a VDV Chaplains. 29.03.13

Exterior of inflatable mobile field chapel

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00c VDV Chaplains. 29.03.13

Interior of mobile field chapel… icons are stuck to the walls with velcro fasteners. Do note that the priest’s wearing a telnyashka under his riassa, and that the ribbons on his riassa indicate that he’s a former serving officer.

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00d VDV Chaplains. 29.03.13

Chaplains now serve with all manner of military units as “Assistants to the Commander” (in place of the old Sov-period zampoliti (“Political Assistants”)

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00e VDV Chaplains. 29.03.13

Foreign cadets at the Ryazan Margelov Higher Airborne Command School (Twice Order of the Red Banner) take all of the above in… shall they take their observations home with them? One hopes so…

The sign in the background reads, “Parachutist! If the chute doesn’t open – pull the ring!”

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Click here for a 3-minute vid of a group of VDV paratrooper chaplains jumping from a transport plane with a large mobile chapel that they set up in the field upon landing.

30 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/video/20130330/180326277/Russian-Paratrooper-Priests-Jump-with-Mobile-Cathedral.html

Sunday, 3 March 2013

3 March 2013. A Frontline Fighter Speaks… We Should Listen

00 Aleksei Stefanov. VOV vet. Russia. 03.03.13

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Aleksei Stefanov, a 90-year-old VOV vet who spoke with the press, said:

“War isn’t a game; it’s the most horrible thing that there is. That’s the thing youngsters should always know”.

That’s the voice of truth; it’s spoken by a veteran fighter of the VOV who knows which end is up. What does that tell you about contemporary warmongering politicians (especially, those cowards who refused to serve themselves, but who stridently shout for war)? I think that it speaks volumes…

BMD

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Farewell, Fur Hat!

00 Sergei Yolkin. Farewell, Fur Hat! 2013

Farewell, Fur Hat!

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The ushanka, for them not in the know, is the traditional Russian flapped winter fur hat. It’s very popular, so, this may not fly. Supposedly, it’s being replaced by high-tech winterwear. Of course, Yolkin has fun with the stereotype of the poofter fashion designer, even working in the theme of the dropping of footcloths, too. In this cartoon, too, the soldier is in a 1980s style uniform… Yolkin was born in 1962, so, he would’ve done his army service in the ‘80s.

BMD

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Following the abolition of footcloths, the Russian Army is doing away with the flapped ushanka fur hat for winter wear.

18 January 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130118/918722496.html

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