Elite Russian prison officers undergo a rigorous training camp to earn the right to wear a maroon beret
- The special working group soldiers competed for the enviable status symbol in Mordovia
- Tests include a cross country race, 12-minute boxing matches and showing skills with weapons
- Group & # 39; Psychological manipulation & # 39; walks next to them and hurls abuse and tries to postpone them
Russian federal prison guards participated in a large training exercise in the Republic of Mordovia to prove that they were qualified to wear a maroon beret awarded to elite candidates
The federal penitentiary service is the body responsible for detaining criminals in the Russian Federation.
Every year groups of hopeful people take part in a debilitating training camp – this year in Mordovia, where they are tested to the limit before they get a maroon beret.
There are nearly 500,000 people in prison in Russia and it is the FPS's job to keep them in custody.
Bloodthirsty endurance tests begin with a five-mile cross-country race, hopefully expected by wading breast-high swamps of stagnant water and preventing bullets from being showered from small firearms.
As if that wasn't discouraging enough to test their mental endurance, a group of & # 39; psychological manipulation & # 39; past them, swinging abuse and splashing them with mud.
The men must then show off their skills with military weapons before they reach the final stage – known as & # 39; 12 minutes of hell & # 39 ;.
It's about battling each other in a fight with a person who's already holding the maroon beret, and fighting it out in four rounds of three minutes.
Hundreds of Russian prison officers take part in a tough training camp every year to join a special elite task force
To succeed in the training camp, candidates must master the art of man-to-man combat to deal with prisoners
Those who successfully complete the camp are entitled to wear a maroon beret in the photo
Unlike many countries, prison officers in Russia are expected to be trained to deal with violence
Candidates must be able to carry a comrade over treacherous terrain while holding their assault rifle
These members of the Special Task Force of the Federal Penitentiary Service lead the candidates into the water
If the candidates pass the exhausting fitness and endurance tests, they have the right to wear a maroon beret
Hand-to-hand fighting skills are considered important because Russian prisons are considered to be exceptionally violent places
These recruits must wade through a muddy stream carrying an assault rifle within a predetermined period of time
Along the debilitating route march, candidates are told to take up stress positions that keep their guns above their heads
Only those with the highest grades may graduate and become members of the special elite task force
This recruit, covered in mud, keeps his finger away from the trigger of his AK-74M assault rifle
This recruit must perform a number of pull-ups from a raised frame under the watchful eye of a special task group
These recruits come out of the screen while wearing a gas mask as part of their extreme training regime
This recruit must defend himself against an attack by one of the special members of the task force in a boxing ring
The training camps take place annually and include hundreds of potential recruits at the same time
The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service wants the physically most suitable members to join their special elite task force
These recruits look relieved after completing the exhausting training camp that was held in Mordovia
There are almost 500,000 people in prison in Russia, some of which date from the days of Stalin
Wearing a comrade over rough terrain is an excellent test for endurance and a way to build fraternal ties
The five-mile route through dangerous terrain is a way to test the endurance of the recruits
The final test for recruits is to fight a serving member of the special task force in a boxing match
The successful recruits will have the opportunity to test next year's batch, which will undergo exactly the same process
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