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.”
“Today is an exceptional day! The day without punishments. Hallelujah!”
“It’s suspiciously quiet start of the day. We are going to work in the fields. In such horrible weather!!!” “How nice it was to be civilian! Freedom is the most precious thing. Now I understand how small all my civilian problems were.”
“Probably the main love of your life is not someone whom you promise to love forever. But the one you remember when you hear stupid songs about love.”
“When my colleagues see my Tweets I gonna be killed”. “Petty officer reminded me about my debt again. I’d better be hit in my face than give anything to this scum”.
“Mom is already on the seashore. Either my girlfriend or my pal is also there. I have nobody to write to, so I write to Twitter.”
“Petty officer is on duty today. He won’t let us sleep”.
“I got enough sleep. There are no officers here today so I am watching cartoons and drinking coffee.”
“Officer took all our bank cards away. Though it was him who had given them to us a month before. Well I won’t see my salary of 500 rubles (16 dollars) anymore”.
“They will get 14 000 (almost 500 dollars) from all the cards!!! In a month there will be 80 soldiers in the comany and the sum will amount to 40 000 (1330 dollars). All officers have foreign cars”.
“My assistant is a dumb***. It’s hard to keep the promise given to myself not to be violent in the army.”
“In the end of the week our battalion will go to the fields for work. Fifteen soldiers will stay. This is how I lived in July and half of August”.
“My assistant is a real looser, his bad reputaion affects my status. And my injured foot doesn’t let me protect myself in full force.”
“I am going to bed late again. When I come home I will have pouches under my eyes and I will look much older”.
“My assistant has been severely beaten. It would happen anyway. He will have to endure this for ten months more.”
“Our battalion is working in the fields. But I can rest now. We’ll see what will happen”.
“My colleagues were here, they do not believe my stories about the army, call me a lier”. “I was appointed to be senior, one guy is jealous and wants everything to look the way as if I am constantly wrong.”
“Company commander will be here tomorrow. He promised to hit me in my face if I stay here longer than it should be”.
“They keep asking in the hospital why everyone from our regiment has so many bruises”. “There are ten of us in the ward. We’ve been together for ten days. Five thousand rubles was stolen from one of us, some part of it was planted at my place as if it was me who stole it”.
“We have cars, drugstores, computers, freedom – it’s more than needed for happiness. But I don’t know happy people. Poor fat pigs”.
“We have a Nazi captain in the regiment. Once I saw his bag with the sign “shwp”, and his jacket with a German flag”. “When officers were drinking I heard him saying about the cleaness of the nation and quoting “Mein Kampf”.
“How can I eat THIS? Cockroaches on the smelly meat. In the morning soldiers will fight for this sh*t.”
“I want to be properly understood. I got used to the service as much as one can get used to life in the wolf pack”.
“I write this all not to complain. But to let you know that despite the information in mass media, life in the army doesn’t change”.
“My friend has visited me today. Thank you, man, for food and cigarettes”.
“One more meaningless day is coming to the end. I have 194 more ahead”.
“I won’t say where I serve. I can suffer much for my Tweets. One of our company commanders has a very influential father”.
“My commander decided I owed him 300 rubles before I got ill. Then this sum rose to 500 rubles…”
“Tap water in summer at the temperature of 40C, after six hours of parachute packing, I haven’t tasted anything better in my life”.
“The result of the half-year service: I haven’t shot, haven’t had forced marches. There were three jumps with a parachute only because we were paid 200 rubles for each”.
“I didn’t get this money, of course, as well as other numerous colleagues of mine. But all officers left for vacations”.
“For smoking in the toilet we were polishing the toilet for two hours. Though they didn’t have to beat us”.
One guy is hiding from the service in the hospital. He’s been here for eight months already. He was beaten by one old-timer, so the guy sued him and went to the hospital”.
They think they will come back home, their friends and girlfriends are waiting for them. But most of them have more chances to be imprisoned”.
“I look at these bastards and see their despite. After each hit I want them all to burn in the hell. Horrible thoughts.”
“Officers are sleeping in the office after the night booze”.
The author of the texts is said to be from Tula. All his Tweets have been deleted and he himself is missing now.