MoD jealous as Russian Army cures complaints with Siberia,

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A Russian army lieutenant is being sent to the Russian Far East after making a rap video complaining about conditions in his St Petersburg barracks.

The video, posted on the Russian equivalent of YouTube, is set to the tune of "Stan", by US rapper Eminem. In it the lieutenant laments the peeling walls and filthy bathroom and mouldy showers at his base.

The video - titled "A letter to the minister of defence" - features footage of the squalid living conditions in the barracks. The soldier's musical complaint sees him read out an email he is writing to the Russian defence minister, asking what happened to the mortgages promised to soldiers to buy decent places to live.

And why did he never receive a reply to his previous letters, he asks?

But he is now being sent to Ussuriysk, a coal-mining town....nine hours by air from Moscow...which is home to a military school, a statue of Lenin and, according to guide books, lots of trees.

BBC Europe analyst, Steven Eke, says that the message in the video was a serious one. Russia wants to build modern, professional armed forces. Yet wretched conditions - especially for conscripts - are one of the reasons for the hundreds of suicides and desertions every year that plague the Russian army.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7645252.stm
 
#2
i saw a thing on bbc last night hardtalk and i think there were a few questions being asked about things like this - it was some russian advisor type guy - but the main focus at the start was Russia's ''freedom of speech'' (or lack of).

Just finnished watching that video on the bbc website gotta say well done to him though. do you think its got in russia's top 10 :D :p
 
#4
Dangerous thing embarrassing the CoC. He should be happy he wasn't sent to Chechnya.

Face it, the only reason the UK don't do the same is that we don't have any colonies left :D
 
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in_the_cheapseats said:
Dangerous thing embarrassing the CoC. He should be happy he wasn't sent to Chechnya.

Face it, the only reason the UK don't do the same is that we don't have any colonies left :D
There's Catterick. Nearly as dangerous and the weather's a hell of a lot worse.

RFE's a bit remote, but if you're lazy and corrupt there's a lot of money to be made in turning a blind eye to illegal logging and cross-border smuggling. Assuming he doesn't have a fatal 'accident' within a week of arriving in his new post, I'd guess he'll do alright for himself.
 
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in_the_cheapseats said:
Dangerous thing embarrassing the CoC. He should be happy he wasn't sent to Chechnya.

Face it, the only reason the UK don't do the same is that we don't have any colonies left :D
I still remember the fate of a certain junior officer in the 80s, who p1ssed of a 2 star with a snottogram. It wasn't until I hadn't seen Dave for a week or 2 that I asked one of his mates, who then told me the sad story. Dave who was very dischuffed by a c0ck up of which he was the victim let his opinion be known in a letter to HQ RAFG. Dave's next stop was RAF Mt Pleasant for 4 months. Not quite Siberia but the best/worst that the RAF could do.
I suffered a similar fate a few years later. Happy days. :D
 

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Drlligaf said:
in_the_cheapseats said:
Dangerous thing embarrassing the CoC. He should be happy he wasn't sent to Chechnya.

Face it, the only reason the UK don't do the same is that we don't have any colonies left :D
I still remember the fate of a certain junior officer in the 80s, who p1ssed of a 2 star with a snottogram. It wasn't until I hadn't seen Dave for a week or 2 that I asked one of his mates, who then told me the sad story. Dave who was very dischuffed by a c0ck up of which he was the victim let his opinion be known in a letter to HQ RAFG. Dave's next stop was RAF Mt Pleasant for 4 months. Not quite Siberia but the best/worst that the RAF could do.
I suffered a similar fate a few years later. Happy days. :D
I heard an interesting fact the other week. Mt Pleasant is not the nearest mountain to RAF Mt Pleasant, it is the second-nearest. The nearest is Mt Misery, but the crabs have no sense of fun (irony, possibly) and figured it wasn't a good idea for a base name. Losers.
 
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So, is that what happens to Senior Army Officers who p1ss off Pa Broone and Pals by questioning McBroone's competence?

I always thought a posting to sunny Catterick was a punishment posting. But then back in the 1970s at a Regimental 'Do' I got rather 'Brhams & Lizt' and waved a BB pellet gun in the Regimental Gym where said proceeding were taking place... Oh Dearie Me!!

Me Co said to me next morning...'If you want to play at silly beggars, then its orft to NI ye go!' So 24 hours later I fetched up in Belfast and eventually down to Newry.... Ha ha ha. Nae more waving guns about now me lad... now this time ye have a real gun and... dont forget to clench ye buttox...we dont want ony brown trousers here.... Oh dear!!

Well..... now I am a boring old phart!! And I do like taking the pee out of our wonderful Leaders..... especially Pa Mc Broone....

Maybe my name is now down a little list along with 50 million others being held by Pa Broone's pals........ :) :) 8O
 

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http://www.sps.ru/?id=206905&cur_id=227787&PHPSESSID=236312f51e390e811cbe9f2463d18536

Preparing to the day of the Defender of the Fatherland (23 February) 2008 Lieutenant Vitaliy Efremov made his satirical video. Someone distributed it in internet. As a result comission from Moscow arrived in regiment #14108 and repair works were done. Later minister of defence visited the regiment with inspection. I fancy what opinions about himself the commander of the regoment lt-colonel Markov had heard.

A half year later the lieutenant was sent to Russian Far East from St.Peterburg area. I'm sure that it is a revenge from local commanders. However, almost all young officers serve in remote parts of Russia at least few years during their service.

Btw, Mother of former wife of my brother is from Ussuriysk. It is not so far from Korea. Climate here is relatively soft (unlike many other parts of Siberia).
 

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