Russia - Military Beatings Up Sharply
Not much hope and change for the former Soviet armed forces - maybe they need foster units for abused soldiers.
And so it goes...
Russia’s Chief Military Prosecutor Says Beatings By Officers Up Sharply
WaPo, 21 Jul 2011
Russia’s chief military prosecutor says assaults on soldiers by their superiors have risen sharply this year.
Conditions for conscripts in the Russian military are notoriously harsh. Violent, sometimes-fatal hazings are common.
Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky on Thursday gave figures indicating the culture of brutality could be intensifying.
In remarks reported by Russian news agencies, Fridinsky says that in the first half of the year, assault cases have been brought against 75 lieutenants and more than 170 sergeants. He says that amounts to a 15-percent increase in beatings compared to the previous year.
"By and by there was a little stir on the staircase and in the passageway, and in lounged a tall, loose-jointed figure, of an exaggerated Yankee port and demeanor, whom (as being about the homeliest man I ever saw, yet by no means repulsive or disagreeable) it was impossible not to recognize Uncle Abe."
- A Peaceable Man (Nathaniel Hawthorne), Atlantic Monthly, July 1862.