LUHANSK, Ukraine — The only other customers at the Weeping Willow, one of two working restaurants in this war-ravaged city near the Russian border, were wearing camouflage and discussing Love Actually as the movie's soundtrack played on a CD that periodically skipped. They asked us to join them. The six men had been in Luhansk for about a month, said one, who gave his name as Maxim.
Russia's parliament has voted to ban soldiers from using smartphones while on duty, after their social media use raised issues of national security. The bill forbids military personnel from using a phone with the ability to take pictures, record videos and access the internet. More than of lawmakers in Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, backed the law on Tuesday.
American machine guns were stacked in rows. Flames licked at the walls of one barracks, built to NATO standards. The officer had served in the Russian Army for 27 years.
A brutal campaign against gay men is sweeping Chechnya, with reports of abduction-style detention, enforced disappearances, torture and deaths. The obligations it owes to residents and victims in Chechnya, and its failure to meet them, are evident to all in the region. Minorities and government critics in the Chechen republic face a ruthless state security apparatus and scant avenues for recourse.
Russia is reportedly planning to go to shockingly intimate lengths to ensure that its military is devoid of gay participants. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Russian Defense Ministry's central administration has developed a technical guide that calls for a "physical examination" that includes checking for tattoos in particularly sensitive areas on the new recruits' bodies.
The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gaylesbianor bisexual persons from military service. This relaxation of legal restrictions on service by gays and lesbians in the armed forces was mandated by United States federal law Pub. The act prohibited any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing their sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces.
Sukhoputnye voyska Rossiyskoy Federatsii are the land forces of the Russian Armed Forcesformed from parts of the collapsing Soviet Army in The formation of these forces posed economic challenges after the dissolution of the Soviet Unionand required reforms to professionalize the Ground Forces during the transition. The primary responsibilities of the Ground Forces are the protection of the state borders, combat on land, the security of occupied territories, and the defeat of enemy troops.
All photos: Anton Shebetko. In November ofa trans rights march in Kiev was interrupted by a group of right-wing nationalists throwing smoke grenades into the crowd. Michael Colborne, a Canadian journalist, was punched in the face by a nationalist, and American journalist Christopher Miller later claimed that instead of protecting the marchers the police turned against them.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Military service is mandatory for all Turkish men - they can only escape it if they are ill, disabled or homosexual. But proving homosexuality is a humiliating ordeal.
He dips in and out of rooms, finding scantily-clad students performing tasks to the Satisfaction rhythm — some ironing, some cleaning, others drilling holes in the wall provocatively. The video, made by first-year students of the Ulyanovsk Aviation Institute, and released last week, quickly became the most talked about topic in Russia. Much of the initial coverage of state TV was negative. Then something remarkable happened.