Russian soldier shows ‘terrible’ camp condition, says half of men sick

A video shared to social media on Sunday purports to show the “grim” conditions faced by newly appointed Russian soldiers.

The video was shared on Twitter Sunday afternoon by Julia Davis, creator of the media monitoring group, Russian Media Monitor. In it, an unknown man recently drafted into the Russian military claims to face extremely poor conditions in a camp, with theft and disease rife.

“Meanwhile in Russia: take a look at the way the newly mobilized recruits are being treated,” Davis wrote alongside the video. “An unnamed man complains that his shoes, his money and his mattress have been stolen. He says that’s just the way it is. Everyone got sick because they hardly heat the tents. Ugly.”

About two and a half hours since it was posted, the clip had received nearly 80,000 views.

In the clip, which runs for 90 seconds, the unseen and unnamed soldier offers a first-person look at the camp he’s been sent to, apparently showing himself wearing only socks while outside.

“I don’t have tennis shoes or tactical boots,” the soldier says near the start of the clip. “Everyone here is from Khanty-Mansiysk. All our guys, we find our own ways. Can’t do it any other way.”

Russian soldiers terrible conditions video
Above a representative image of Russian soldiers. A video shared on Sunday purports to show the “horrendous” conditions in a camp for newly conscripted Russian men.
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Khanty-Maniysk is a city in west-central Russia and the administrative center of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug region. It is located along the banks of the Ob and Irtysh rivers.

The soldier eventually enters a tent that he claims is his residence, along with several other men. He notes that despite the tent being large enough to house several people, it only has one wood stove to provide heat.

“It didn’t do any good,” the soldier says of the stove. “You can hear how raspy my voice is, it’s terrible. Half the guys got sick with a cold.”

The man further claims that mattresses have been stolen from his tent, describing theft as the only “way to survive here.” Even stoves are prone to being taken when you walk away from the tent, he explained. His personal belongings, such as sneakers and money, have also been stolen. Despite this allegedly rampant theft, superior officers seem to have no interest in helping.

“As the deputy said to me, ‘Am I your mother or your father? Find out for yourself,'” the man continued.

Reports of disorder and chaos among the military ranks have been rife in Russia since the president Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to help the effort in Ukraine, the country’s first since World War II. Not long after the mobilization began, a video surfaced online allegedly showing drunken soldiers sleeping as they were led to the front line. Another video shared by CNNshowed soldiers complaining about their lack of training before being sent into battle.

Newsweek contacted Russian officials for comment.

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