BBC: Two Russian officials say they were expected to lie down as armoured personnel carriers were driven over them as part of a new training programme for future regional governors.
The two participants in the course, who wished to remain anonymous, told the RBC news portal that they also had to make parachute jumps, throw hand grenades, and fire pistols and automatic weapons.
“Three hopefuls left after the parachute jumps with leg injuries, and another with a bad back,” one participant said. “The jumps were designed for guys weighing 60-70 kg, not 100 kg (16 stone),” he said, adding that he couldn’t explain what the aim of the exercise was.
The other participant was clearer on this, saying “anyone who hasn’t yet been appointed” to a senior post has to take part, in order to develop their “military endurance and readiness for defence”.
The exercises at the Kubinka military range near Moscow seem to be the latest stage of a gruelling training course organised by the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Footage of newly-appointed governors leaping into gorges at the Agura waterfalls near Sochi in an earlier stage made it to RBC last month. read more