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*JR*
Feb 13th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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.

cellophane
Feb 13th, 2007, 01:12 PM
Awful, but not surprising.

hdfb
Feb 13th, 2007, 01:14 PM
That is just disgusting. Anyone here who intends to make a joke about it is even more so.

"Sluggy"
Feb 13th, 2007, 01:21 PM
I didn't think they allowed gays in the military.

hdfb
Feb 13th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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......

cellophane
Feb 13th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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.

"Sluggy"
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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? :p

Monica_Rules
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:28 PM
Shocking:eek:

cellophane
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Hey, that's not fair, why would it be worse if a gay man was used for prostitution than a straight man? :p

I said he would be treated worse.

cellophane
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:33 PM
Shocking:eek:

It's been going on for years.

MrSerenaWilliams
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:37 PM
:sad: That's awful

"Sluggy"
Feb 13th, 2007, 02:40 PM
I said he would be treated worse.

He would be treated worse if he were gay?

Kart
Feb 13th, 2007, 05:46 PM
That's awful.

*JR*
Feb 13th, 2007, 07:09 PM
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. :(

LoveFifteen
Feb 13th, 2007, 08:03 PM
So tragic. The world we live in makes me sick.