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Russian soldiers 'used for sex'

Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2007, 13:32 GMT (BBC)

The Russian military is reported to be investigating claims that army conscripts were forced to work as male prostitutes in St Petersburg. The command of the interior ministry unit denied the claims made by the Soldiers' Mothers human rights group.

The group says it was contacted by a parent of a conscript who had been forced to work as a male prostitute.

Last year, an 18-year-old soldier was so badly beaten that he had to have his legs and genitals amputated. The BBC's James Rodgers in Moscow says the latest claims follow a series of scandals which have damaged the Russian army's reputation.

A spokeswoman for the Soldiers' Mothers, Ella Polyakova, told the BBC that in St Petersburg there was "a network of clients" who would pay for sex with soldiers.

Older servicemen are said to have forced younger conscripts into prostitution and then taken the money for themselves. The Sychev bullying case drew worldwide attention to Russian army abuses.

Private Andrei Sychev was forced to squat for several hours by fellow soldiers and then tied to a chair and brutally beaten up last year.

As a result he developed gangrene in his legs and genitals, which had to be amputated. Now permanently disabled, Pte Sychev has just announced that he is to write a book about his ordeal.

Such cases have highlighted the appalling conditions suffered by some Russian service personnel at a time when Russia is seeking a greater role on the world stage, our correspondent says.
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That is just disgusting. Anyone here who intends to make a joke about it is even more so.

And if your life were gold, how long do you think you'd stay living?
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I didn't think they allowed gays in the military.
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I didn't think they allowed gays in the military.
Firstly, it's Russia, not America.

Secondly, as if you needed to be gay to be a male prostitute......

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I didn't think they allowed gays in the military.
The abuses have nothing to do with being gay. Although if you were gay, it'd be even worse maybe.




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The abuses have nothing to do with being gay. Although if you were gay, it'd be even worse maybe.
Hey, that's not fair, why would it be worse if a gay man was used for prostitution than a straight man?
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Hey, that's not fair, why would it be worse if a gay man was used for prostitution than a straight man?
I said he would be treated worse.




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I said he would be treated worse.
He would be treated worse if he were gay?
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That's awful.
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That's awful.
So is the way many new draftees are brutalized and even killed (unintentionally, I guess). Some even commit suicide because of that, and many more desert despite the legal penalties if they're caught.
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So tragic. The world we live in makes me sick.
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