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Hundreds of Russian prison officers take part in a tough training camp every year to join a special elite task force

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
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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.

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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

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
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To succeed in the training camp, candidates must master the art of man-to-man combat to deal with prisoners

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

Those who successfully complete the camp are entitled to wear a maroon beret in the photo

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

Unlike many countries, prison officers in Russia are expected to be trained to deal with violence

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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

Candidates must be able to carry a comrade over treacherous terrain while holding their assault rifle

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

These members of the Special Task Force of the Federal Penitentiary Service lead the candidates into the water

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
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If the candidates pass the exhausting fitness and endurance tests, they have the right to wear a maroon beret

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

Hand-to-hand fighting skills are considered important because Russian prisons are considered to be exceptionally violent places

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

These recruits must wade through a muddy stream carrying an assault rifle within a predetermined period of time

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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

Along the debilitating route march, candidates are told to take up stress positions that keep their guns above their heads

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

Only those with the highest grades may graduate and become members of the special elite task force

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, covered in mud, keeps his finger away from the trigger of his AK-74M assault rifle

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

This recruit must perform a number of pull-ups from a raised frame under the watchful eye of a special task group

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

These recruits come out of the screen while wearing a gas mask as part of their extreme training regime

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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

This recruit must defend himself against an attack by one of the special members of the task force in a boxing ring

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 training camps take place annually and include hundreds of potential recruits at the same time

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
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The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service wants the physically most suitable members to join their special elite task force

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

These recruits look relieved after completing the exhausting training camp that was held in Mordovia

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

There are almost 500,000 people in prison in Russia, some of which date from the days of Stalin

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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

Wearing a comrade over rough terrain is an excellent test for endurance and a way to build fraternal ties

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 five-mile route through dangerous terrain is a way to test the endurance of the recruits

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 final test for recruits is to fight a serving member of the special task force in a boxing match

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

The successful recruits will have the opportunity to test next year's batch, which will undergo exactly the same process

The successful recruits will have the opportunity to test next year's batch, which will undergo exactly the same process

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