If you want to become a top Russian soldier, it’s a good idea to start by learning Russian, according to a new book.
It’s a warning that if you’re too old to speak the language and you don’t have a job, you may find it tough to make the transition to life in the Russian military.
Russian soldiers, according a 2016 Defence Ministry study, make up the largest military force in the world.
There are some 8,000,000 active Russian troops in the country, with the majority of them serving in the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s intelligence agency.
“When it comes to Russian military life, you can’t go wrong with learning Russian,” said a former soldier who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“[A] job is a very big opportunity, especially in Russia, as it’s an area that needs a lot of skills,” he said.
The book The Military Life of Russian Military Men: Russian Soldiers, Russia’s Intelligence Service and the Russian Federation’s Future by veteran journalist and author Nikolai Kuznetsov, which is due to be published next month, says Russian military men, even in their late twenties and early thirties, have a hard time finding good jobs.
Many don’t even have a language skills.
Some Russian military personnel, especially the elite, are often forced to live on the edge of the society.
This is why the military is often the biggest employer in the entire country.
While many Russian military people are paid by the hour, many also receive a monthly stipend for basic living expenses.
Kuznetovsky said some of these people are forced to work overtime for low wages because of this, making them very vulnerable. If you don