One guy volunteered to serve in the army himself. He was dreaming to shoot life in the army, beautifully describe it, maybe even make a movie. Others told him he was crazy, tried to deter him. But he, being 25, finally came to the military unit and became an airborne soldier.
Reality turned out to be different. Soldiers could not have anything their own: neither a professional camera, nor personality. The only thing he managed to have was a cheap snapshot camera which was often hidden almost in his pants.
So these photos do not belong to him, they are here to make the general impression.
Welcome to the Russian army as it is!
“We lay the table for the officers. There are twenty of them, twenty litres of vodka, fifteen soldiers are in the barracks. This night promises to be “fun”.
“I am afraid to sleep next to the drunken mad people.”
“They made us wake up twice, wanted to form us.”
“Some heavy thing fell on the guy’s hand. His two fingers are broken, two nails are pulled out. Officers are treating him with hydrogen peroxide”.
“I am not at home yet, but not in the army already. I am somewhere in between. I am afraid of going crazy.”
“I never shot for four months, but tore dandelions three times”.
“I found rat droppings in my rice. I thought it was mud but then noticed poison in the corner of the canteen.”
“I am sitting, drinking tea, watching the young soldier working”. “Everyone is sleeping but me. The officer forced me to make a statement on weapons.”
“The time is 1:30 a.m. We have to get up in four hours to endure our service on.”
“Daily anguish from breakfast to lunch. Again and again I wish I hadn’t come here”.
“My feet stink all the time. Neither soap nor socks can help me. I am so tired of insanitary conditions”.
“We should get 1 kg of cookies, 0,5 kg of sweets a month. And of course we aren’t given anything. Though we see the packages.”
“I have four hours before getting up again. But I am still awake”.
“If I had such food at school I would start thinking about girls much later”.
“Today was the day of the biggest punishment. All the body is in pain”.
“I was paiting the office at night. I want to sleep but not allowed to. All the body is in bruises”.
“I’ve got enough sleep at last for these four days. This day promises to be calm”.
“Soldiers keep working at the gingerbread factory. We can’t eat cakes anymore…”
“We were shown a military movie. Everyone wants to go to war now. Brainwashing as it is.”
“I am injected and bandaged so I cannot step on my foot at all.”
“For the first time it has become a problem to pretend to be working to avoid real hard work.”
“It is terribly cold! I can’t put an ankle boot on my sick finger. So I have to wear slippers. My feet are always cold.”
“Mom has been here. She’s brought some food. While I was going to the barracks with the bag it got empty. When people see food they get mad.”
“We are having a retreat for 1,5 hours. Respect to captain.”