Those of us, men , who have served as conscripts, know that hazing can be stressful and sometimes quite unpleasant. But nowhere is hazing as cruel as in the former Soviet countries, especially Russia, where hundreds of conscripts die every year, but also Ukraine, (which is about to end conscription) Armenia, Azerbaidjan, Belarus etc. We all understand that turning a boy into a warrior is a difficult experience, and conscripts are generally afraid of drill instructors, male and more and more female, but there is no reason why they should be subjected to sadistic treatment, even less so from older soldiers.