12 Nightmare Of a Military Man In The Country

Nightmare Of a Military Man In The Country

Posted on March 26, 2012 by


We want to take you to the village of Mulino, the Nizhniy Novgorod Region, to see what the life of its penal battalion that consists of war criminals is and how their military service goes on. Mulino is a large presidio which civil population is represented by retired servicemen and their families.


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There is a military base that stands out of the rest here in Mulino. Each military man in the country knows about it. It is a penal battalion, one of the two left in Russia. The battalion is a nightmare of each military man that becomes a reality for some. It is Her Majesty Discipline - ruthless, pointless and limitless - that rules in the battalion. Inmates conduct drills 8 hours a day, then they get down to another 8-hour rot-learning of service regulations or rough labor (for the luckiest ones) which is followed by another 8 hours of sleep. Their slightest negligence brings severe punishment, like a solitary confinement in the guardroom for up to 30 days or new sentence.

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12 Responses to “Nightmare Of a Military Man In The Country”

  1. Daniel says:

    Just what the bad boys need. In the Great Patriotic War they would be hanging on to the sides of T-34 tanks and leading suicide attacks on German positions. These guys have it soft.

    • Connor says:

      Most of that stuff is myth made by the director of enemy at the gates (Most of that movie is BS anyways, other than Vasili Zaitsev. I could ramble on about the inaccuracies in that movie but I won’t). Actually Stalin complained about the penal battalions not doing a good enough job against deserters. Yes, there are some brutal punishments performed by the penal batt. but most of them are just made up.

  2. DouglasU says:

    Cruel punishment does not reform them. It only makes them bitter and more angry.

  3. Osip says:

    At least their uniforms appear fresh. It doesn’t seem to be such hard time there.

  4. Jewels Vern says:

    Almost everything we see or hear from Russia is hard to believe, whether good or bad.

  5. ggyy says:

    weird to think that most of these guys are probably around my age or younger (20, born in -91).. good thing the military service in my country was actually pretty cool compared to the service in Russia.

  6. guest says:

    Strange. Dear RussianArmy, why so shy? A few pictures only? I feel dissapointed. The whole world awaits another ‘ass-kicking’ Shtrafbat series, these young men seems to be cool enough.

  7. oldeafcoot says:

    There is a Russian TV show, “Penal Battalion” that shows a punishment unit during the Great patriotic War. The men are thrown into the most savage fighting because they are expendable. If you survived three months, you went back to a regular unit. There were very few ‘graduates”. The British had something similar called Special Training Units.
    It is actually a good idea and can salvage a few good men and break or kill any other kind.

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