Something tells me that the "indestructible and legendary" army, despite the billions injected, is steadily decaying on the way to complete degradation. There are many reasons for this, and we will now go over them.
Of course, if you believe the Zvezda TV channel, our army is so good that if something happens, any adversary will be thrown to dust in the shortest possible time.
The proof of this is usually the victory over one of the strongest armies in the world in Georgia in 2008 and the battle in Syria with the terrorist group ISIS, banned in Russia, but never defeated, despite several statements, Russia.
Worthy rivals, of course, but that's not even the point.
The main enemy of the Russian army, I consider the command of this very army. Very effective managers who came to "save" the army from the table-maker Serdyukov and his reforms. They seem to have been saved from Serdyukov, liquidated the consequences, and filled the army with money. And at the same time they spread it nowhere further.
Do you remember that an information battle unfolded on our pages in support of the "captain-informer" Zolotarev, who wrote 14 letters to Putin complaining about what was happening in the army and was thrown out of this army like a holey boot?
Two years of battles led to the fact that Zolotarev nevertheless won, won all the courts, was reinstated, served until the end of the contract, received housing and was forgotten by the 20th Army of the Western Military District, like a bad dream.
But the complaints don't stop. Recently, those who are dissatisfied with something no longer follow their usual path. They turn to Semin, Platoshkin, bloggers. Nobody is counting on the commander-in-chief and the minister of defense.
It is really terrible when the officers prefer to write not to Putin and Shoigu, because they do not believe in the effectiveness of the commander-in-chief and the minister. They prefer other ways.
We can say that our state has built just an excellent vertical, in which any complaint against someone above, does not matter, it concerns the army, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, power structures - it (the complaint) will return to the one against whom it was filed in most cases. Therefore, there is practically no point in filing complaints. The complainants will certainly find out about the complaints, and then, as practice shows, a “fun” life begins for the complainant.
The picture that is drawn from the hits is not very beautiful. The main problem is that “effective managers” have made the army the same tool for earning money as anything else in the country.
Do you want a position? No question, pay. Do you want a title to claim something more? Direction to the academy? Going on a business trip to Syria? No problem. Pay, and great prospects will open before you.
This is, if it is a secret for anyone, it is exclusively for those who live by the reports of "Zvezda" and the first channel. The rest are in the know.
Today everything in our army costs money. From the very bottom to the very top. This also applies to contract soldiers and officers and even conscripts.
With conscripts, everything is easier, they were both robbed and continue to be robbed. Of course, a lot depends on the unit, there are those where sergeants are furious, there is where everything is quiet and peaceful in this regard. However, in my entourage, five conscripts (two in the Western Military District, three in the Central Military District) simply did not receive their pay for the last month of service.
Yes, it would seem - a trifle. The guys are going home anyway, who will fight there for these pennies? Meanwhile, for the last month of service, the soldier must receive a double salary. That is, not 2000 rubles, but 4000. On the VTB card, which is issued at the military registration and enlistment office.
However, all my friends never received this last payment. Yes, they were driving home and it sounded like "let them choke." And where the payment did not come from, apparently, they did not choke. Just because the company is already 400. This, you see, is money. Because how many such platoons-companies-battalions can be robbed so quietly?
So they are being robbed.
And all the demobels are silent, because to get involved with the army, which you leave with such pleasure for the sake of four thousand ...
Meanwhile, all this is clearly approved from above. And a long time ago. When I was just starting my activity at Obzreniye, I had an article about how in Migalovo, near Tver, the airfield servicemen of that very Moscow air defense airfield were not paid allowances. And I have long remembered the lesson the County Treasury taught me. It turned out to be guilty ... the company commander, who did not submit something like that on time. The commissars delayed the assignment of the next rank and, in general, the person was very offended by me.
And what, they steal less? No more. At the district level, apparently. Because money just doesn't go to the cards of the fighters. Apparently, they go somewhere else, for other, "correct cards".
And, apparently, everyone is in the know and at the checkout.
By the way, especially for would-be patriots, who will now start yelling in the comments that “the author sold out and invented everything” - two out of five work in our “Observer” system. So - there is someone to ask again, if necessary.
Money is being stolen by the millions. It is a fact. The Internet is full of memories on this topic, I see no point in discussing it. I will only repeat that the theft is legalized at the district level.
On the whole, an excellent system has been created, somewhat reminiscent of the old Soviet army. Remember, you are "spirit" first. No rights, no obligation to fly and plow. The most tedious and dirtiest job. Then "elephant". Well, you plow, but not like the "spirit". Then the "skull". Already better, you can already breathe, grandfathers are no longer creepy. Then "grandfather". That's all, a relaxed expectation of "demobilization". Deliberately dropped the titles of "smell" and "demobilization", they are useless here.
Now it is the same with officers and contract soldiers in many units. Those at the very bottom pay to move up the corporate ladder. And they pay very much. Perhaps dreaming of moving upstairs in order to "recoup" their investments, because it is simply impossible to do this at the company-battalion level.
Business trips to Syria are a separate story. Yes, they are very well paid, and therefore there are more than enough people willing. Accordingly, there is a demand - there is also a desire to make money on it. And everyone who has the opportunity to do this makes money.
Sources say there is a price list for "services." Officer courses - from one hundred thousand, a business trip to Syria or Libya - from four hundred.
Plus, it becomes commonplace to "congratulate" household appliances and computers for high command. Well, like a rent for a master.
In our district, the 3rd motorized rifle division of the 20th army, which is located in Valuyki, Belgorod region, continues to “thunder”. As far as I understand, this unit will soon scare the servicemen and take money from them in order not to send them there.
At a time when we had not yet been "banned" by the Ministry of Defense, and we visited various units of the 20th Army, we were in Valuyki more than once. And once there was a raid "in black".
And yes, that same unfortunate captain Zolotarev also served in Valuyki. Major Pugachev also served there, about whose "exploits" I was then begged not to write. Major tried to take the military police capture group, but failed. Pugachev left, I don’t know how the matter ended further.
The major became famous for becoming a slave trader. He had a living space on which he kept conscripts, whom he used for his needs. The military police freed three of these "slaves", and I even managed to talk to two as soon as the guys were returned home. But the very next day they refused to talk, as the investigation was underway. And then the phones were changed. "Work" was carried out, as I understand it.
Already this year, in one of the regiments, a gang of extortionists of 20 people was "exposed", which robbed conscripts.
If you look at the division in Valuyki, especially the mortality rate in this unit, then it is terrifying. 8-10 people a year. Is that okay? Yes, of course, there soldiers in a strange way slip through all the commissions in order to serve, being mentally unbalanced.
By the way, representatives of the press service of the Western Military District strongly "recommended" me not to get involved with Captain Zolotarev, since they considered him to be mentally ill. Say, army psychologists talked to him, the result is disappointing. That is, an officer who passed the sieve of the selection of military registration and enlistment offices, the Suvorov military school, the higher one - and suddenly turned out to be a nutcase.
As well as systematically declare mentally unbalanced conscripts and contract soldiers who suddenly take their own lives. Especially by putting a plastic bag over your head.
In general, the conveyor is working.
And, it is clear and understandable that while you are in the army, to prove something is just to bring on your head such adventures that you will not see in every horror movie. And after the service is over - you can try, but not everyone wants to dive into this mud again.
That is why everything is "sewn-covered". It is difficult to say where and to whom the money stolen from conscripts and obtained by extortion from officers and contract soldiers goes, but the system is rotten to the core. This means, most likely, all top-level command, from the division to the district "at the cash desk."
Of course, there are decent officers in the Russian army. This is undeniable. There are those who, from an early age, would like to become the defender of the country and devote their whole lives to this. There are such people. But even their created system cripples.
Spoke to an officer who had recently left the army. Lieutenant Colonel, our fellow in the "Review". The opinion is very sad. Today everything is really about money. Pay and Fly. Previously, if a senior boss promoted you to a good position, you owed him, of course. "Polyana", help, support. Now - only money.
We don't even talk about checks. Immediately money, moreover, not that the inspectors begin to extort, the auditors themselves pop. And if you do not take it, then they start to look very unkindly. If you do not take it, it means you have a bad idea. Well, or quite a fool, since you don't take it.
Nobody says that "before this was not at all." There were bribes, there were. But it really was not a frequent and dangerous business. And now the bribe has simply been elevated to the rank of official payment. Paid - position. Also - courses. Another medal. Also - I passed the test for "excellent". Etc.
Before, we (many of us) served for the idea. The idea of defending your country. And this country had an army that everyone feared. The whole world.
And now? And now, in fact, there is a certain state commercial structure that provides services to protect the interests and security of the country. On a commercial basis.
And yes, there is a commercial component. That was housing certificates, then money was planted before the elections, now here is an early retirement. And naturally, since this is all on a commercial basis, then the movement of funds within the organization is almost a normal thing.
And here the question arises: what will such an army be capable of? And in general, is it an army or what?
How effective will the soldiers robbed by junior contract commanders be? In general, absolutely nothing. One of those who recently served in the 144th Guards Mechanized Infantry Division in the Bryansk region said to me: it's good that there were no battles with Ukraine, in our very first battle all the sergeants would have gone to bed.
How well the officers who bought their posts for decent money will act, I am also afraid to think. Something tells me that it is not very good. Commodity-money relations between the officer corps hardly contribute to the strengthening of the combat capabilities of the units.
They say that in Siberia and Transbaikalia everything is not as sad as in the European part of Russia. But NATO is also stationing its troops not in the region of Chita and Irkutsk. Alas.
And after all, in the event of a real military conflict, I more than doubt that there will be queues at the military enlistment offices. And here the fault is not only the complete absence of state ideology, although it is also to blame. And also a deliberate demonstration by the authorities at all levels of disregard for their citizens.
More than once I have heard from my social circle the opinion that tomorrow a large-scale conflict will be simply impossible for a simple reason: there will be no money. Today, in Libya and Syria, small contingents are fighting for very decent money, which comes from the accounts of a slightly different bank than the usual VTB.
Therefore, there are those who want to fight for such amounts. And pay the right to serve for such amounts. In the event of a full-scale conflict, I doubt that it will be possible to withdraw the Russian army "to fight for the idea." Those who wish to defend the interests of the Russian authorities will not be free to. It is enough to read the comments on the Internet.
And here we have an interesting nuance. All this nightmare with the payment of posts will lead to the fact that the army will completely lose its combat capability.
When the boss moves his subordinate up the career ladder, a certain adhesion and ligament arises between them. They support each other. This is normal, the Soviet army was holding on to this.
Today, a contract sergeant, laying out money for the position of platoon commander, and an officer for the position of battalion commander, practically BUY these positions. And, quite naturally, buying posts makes them partly property. Yes, you won't be able to resell, the money will still go to others. But the person PAYED. This means that he can consider this position as his own.
What can you do in your position? That's right, to perform duties as your calculation dictates. In the current text of the oath, not a word is said about the defense of Russia "courageously, skillfully, with dignity and honor, not sparing his blood and life itself in order to achieve complete victory over enemies." It remained there, in the USSR.
Today, dying and not sparing blood is not necessary. The main thing is to “sacredly observe the Constitution of the Russian Federation”. And it also does not say anything supernatural.
In the event of a full-scale conflict, I predict desertions on a staggering scale. It is good that there was no conflict with NATO on Ukrainian soil. I can imagine how the personnel of the same 3rd motorized rifle division would have fled, simultaneously shooting their internal enemies.
All this is sad. The army is actually turning into the same tool for making money as the deputy corps or the executive branch. This means that we are in for a complete degradation, similar to the one that we observe in Dumas of different levels and in the offices of mayors and governors.
High-level "effective managers" have already destroyed a lot. Today we are witnessing the complete inability of our industry to master the release of new models. tanks and aircraft, the complete degradation of the space industry, which turned into a nightmare of culture, medicine and education.
Apparently, the army will simply become (if not already) another place where people simply earn money by providing protection services. But this is no longer quite an army. More precisely, not an army at all. And it is rather difficult to predict how such orders, which are being intensively imposed in the army today, can turn out to Russia.
And we have not yet touched on such an eternal topic as window dressing. But this is a separate conversation, how we have all these "new" methods of warfare. But we will definitely talk. It's worth it. Sometimes it’s just dangerous to be silent.