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400 senior Russian politicians, officials to undergo military training

Published time: June 02, 2014 09:20
Edited time: June 02, 2014 12:51
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu (RIA Novosti / Artem Zhitenev)

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu (RIA Novosti / Artem Zhitenev)

Senior Russian politicians and officials will be shooting assault rifles and driving tanks this week in regular reserve officer training, supervised personally by the defense minister.

The training will last three days in the CSKA sports base in Moscow and at the Alabino range in the city suburbs, the RBC news agency reported on Monday, referring to the Defense Ministry’s plan.

About 400 reserve officers summoned for training occupy high political posts or work as technical staff in the top federal bodies of power. These are 286 State Duma MPs and staff members, 72 senators and upper house staff, 23 people from the Audit Chamber and nine representatives of the Central Elections Commission.

These will include the head of Russia’s Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, the chief of populist nationalist party LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky (both reserve colonels) and other MPs from all parliamentary parties.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Fedorenko)

The agency claims that the main objective of the basics is to demonstrate the politicians’ patriotic moods to the ordinary personnel of the regular military forces who start another round of routine military training on June 2.

Lower house official Yury Shuvalov noted in comments that the participants of the training can be elevated in military rank once they successfully pass all tests.

The military basics with participation of civil servants and politicians have taken place before, but this year’s event will be exceptional both by the scale and by the level of the trainees.

Organizers of the basic training plan to deliver several lectures on the main directions of Russia’s military development, global security, informational security, and the latest concepts in military strategy. Other parts of the training will be tests of physical form, in speed strength and endurance.

The second section of the tests will be performed on the shooting range, where the reserve officers will show their weapons skills with modern armaments and also WWII guns, such as the Mosin-Nagant rifle and the Maxim machine gun. Others will be tested in operating various vehicles, including modern tanks and APCs.

ARCHIVE PHOTO: January 14, 2010: Russian President and Commander-in-Chief Dmitry Medvedev observing the exhibition of rare shooters at the Vystrel firing range, Moscow suburbs (RIA Novosti / Michael Klimentyev)

MP Mikhail Starshinov of the majority party United Russia has told the business daily Kommersant that the military drills were very useful and interesting “for any normal man.” He noted that shooting a pistol, a rifle and a grenade launcher was obligatory for everyone, but reservists could also try other arms if they so desired.

The organizers of the event also promised to demonstrate the work with modern surface-to-air missiles and reconnaissance drones, but the politicians would not be required to operate these weapons.

The event will have little impact on parliamentary operations as there are no sessions planned for this week.

Comments (33)


carel boshoff 19.07.2014 18:21

I am from Africa and were involved in wars for my whole life.Prepare for war to obtain peace.What your leaders propose is the correct way to go.Experience teaches us to get a civilian operational takes two weeks of training.Woman can undergo training in first-aid or communications.This is the way real leaders perform in service of their nation.


Bear 26.06.2014 07:07

Can one imagine this happening to the corrupt leaders of America?

It would never happen for they would exclude themselves from doing it just as they did with their Obamacare. First thing they did before even signing it in to law was to exclude themselves from having to participate in it.


Rasputin 21.06.2014 08:25

Hope the US doesn't get this idea -- McCain will kill more sailors wet starting his engine again!

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