I’ve written often before of the Russian military’s software problem, or meatware problem if you will: its inability to attract or dragoon sufficient numbers of physically and mentally fit individuals to the ranks. Between a demographic deficit and the assiduous efforts of anyone with half a wit to escape the draft, the Russian military is undermanned, and those men are disproportionately physical or mental weaklings.
If you want an indication of how desperate they’ve become, the military has announced it will now allow recruits to bring their pet dogs into service with them, if the dogs can be trained to perform tasks useful to the Army.
This is manipulative and cruel and sick. This is the army of dedovshchina: the institutionalized abuse of new recruits by those who have been in the service a mere few months more. Those recruits foolish enough to bring their pets along will have to watch those pets be abused and tortured by sadistic “grandfathers” who will engage in such depravity as a part of their efforts to terrorize their subordinates.
It will happen. You know it will. As LaRussophobe says: there’s sick, and there’s Russian sick.
But the military with the software problem continues to indulge its hardware fantasies. Like building multiple aircraft carrier groups centered around nuclear powered flattops. This from a country that couldn’t even recondition its existing carrier (the Gorshkov, which the Indians were foolish enough to buy) without running years beyond schedule and billions over budget.