Russian officials face army ‘endurance’ tests

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

6 Comments on Russian officials face army ‘endurance’ tests

  1. Back in a previous life I worked in the Arctic and we had vehicles called Rollagons(?). Anyway they could run over you, of course you had to be on soft ground. If you were on pavement you wouldn’t do it.

  2. This is simply a copycat of a toughness tests for Hitler’s SS. it was done on the hard ground. if you are not capable of fast digging, they did not want you around. Those who could dig fast enough stood up after the tanks roll over. Those who didn’t stand up were already buried! There were no second chances!

  3. The Russians used to walk their troops in front of their tanks while crossing minefields. When asked why, they replied troops can be replaced easier.

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