Tag Archives: suicide

When failure is not an option

This Saturday, the scary but increasingly useless pro-Kremlin youth group “Nashi” had a rally in central Moscow. They bussed in thousands of kids. Many of them, a friend noted, were carrying shopping bags because the free trip to the capital … Continue reading

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Gross: Russian tabloid publishes photos of suicide bomber heads [graphic]

The Russian tabloid LifeNews, which has uncannily good access that we won’t ask questions about, has published photos of the severed heads of the two female suicide bombers. The Lubyanka bomber (the second set of pictures) looks extremely young, and … Continue reading

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Incapacitating, soul-crushing beatings for all, or "welcome to the unit, son"

Last week, in a post associated with October 1, army draft day in Russia, I talked about the widespread phenomenon of “dedovshchina,” the “rule of the elders” that subjects recruits to beatings, hazing, robbery, enslavement and murder from their superiors. … Continue reading

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The Motherland needs you to receive an incapacitating, soul-crushing beating

It’s Army Draft Day here in Russia, which means 270,000 young men are supposed to be reporting for duty somewhere. It also means that some 100,000 eligible young men are either not in the country, enrolled in unnecessary PhD’s, or … Continue reading

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