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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Georgians Capture Russian Soldier and Force Him to Eat a Big Mac



Alexander Glukhov, in captivity. (image snatched from Reuters)

It's a case of they said we said. Either 21 yr.old Alexander Glukhov was captured by Georgian soldiers and forced to make a taped statement denouncing his deplorable living conditions and ill-treatment in South Ossetia, then forced to eat a Big Mac; or as Georgia claims, he came on his own free will to seek political asylum and citizenship.

Maybe Georgian troops did capture Glukhov and bring him to McDonalds, which could be considered an act against humanity. Or maybe Glukhov was just one of thousands of Russian soldiers who desert annually.

Several years ago, anywhere between 5000-40,000 young men deserted annually, depending on who you believe.Fred Weir has a good, although dated story about desertion HERE.

The BBC reports that the Russian Defense dept. figures state 471 service personnel died non-combat deaths in 2008, 30 more than the previous year. Non-combat deaths would be from illness, beating or suicide. In June 2005, 46 Russian soldiers committed suicide in a single week.

I'm reading Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya's book: Putin's Russia. She wrote so many stories about the corruption and abuse within the Russian military, she earned a bullet in the head in October 2006.

While no army is a cakewalk, I can't imagine anything more hellish than to be a conscript in the Russian army. That's one thing that could make a Big Mac taste good.

Molly Corso's interview with Glukhov HERE

3 comments:

camerawar said...

I have to use this on camera war site, this is progress, oh oh which side am I on, it's getting complicated.

Anonymous said...

Regarding--http://tbilisiblues.blogspot.com/2009/04/protest-update.html

Someone inside the residence should take the cabbage, carrot and rabbit and make soup out of it--and serve it back to the demonstrators!

Jo said...

"Maybe Georgian troops did capture Glukhov and bring him to McDonalds, which could be considered an act against humanity."
Nice one, haha!