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Various problems associated with this, such as dedovschina (institutionalised physical and psychological abuse), explain why the armed forces have reduced the conscription term first to 18 months in
The three pillars of Russian culture are dedovschina translated into English as "bullying" though more accurate words are torture and persecution, misery, and Orthodoxy.
"And if they want dedovschina, we can give it to them," adds Vadim Baranov, 28, referring to the Russian Army's ubiquitous system of hazing, where senior soldiers bully the more junior.
Chechnya, where units with the strongest traditions of dedovschina were the first to break and desert under enemy fire.