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posted 24 June 2002 04:01 AM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post

MOSCOW - Humiliated and brutalized by violent hazing
and sexual abuse, young men conscripted into
Russia's army are running away in record numbers.

Last week, the military
executed two more
deserters who had fled
their base in southern
Russia. Authorities said the
men went on a rampage
and killed two police

According to Moscow, about 5,000 soldiers run away
every year. But Soldiers' Mothers, an organization
that defends the rights of military personnel, believes
the figure is closer to 40,000.

"Some of them, they are just ordinary young people
who are leaving the army because they are afraid for
their lives," says Ida Kuklina, who speaks for the

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