According to A. Savenkov, "practically every servicemen subjected to barracks bullying becomes averse to military service". The Chief Military Prosecutor noted that such kind of "barracks hooliganism", though potentially dangerous to life, is very hard to prove.
"Military doctors say that the so-called 'squatting', if lasting for two hours, may lead to the clogging of the veins in the legs and even their amputation, which is what happened to private Andrei Sychyov at Chelyabinsk Tank College", said A. Savenkov, adding that after-hours is the most dangerous time for young recruits as it is then that the barracks crime spree breaks out.
"At night conscripts are left practically unwatched by officers and ensigns. That is the cause of the criminal havoc in the barracks", says the Colonel-General of Justice.
However, Russian ombudsman Vladimir Lukin is certain that the forthcoming institution of the Military Police would not bring the desired effect, if that body were made part of the Defense Ministry. "It would be meaningless, as in that case the top brass would run yet another bureaucratic apparatus", said the chief Russian human rights watcher.
"The setting up of a military police run by the same people who are today in control of the daily routine in the army is a meaningless measure. Military police has to be more autonomous. The degree of autonomy is an issue that requires specific consideration", said V. Lukin.