Bizarre measures: Russian commander extorts own soldiers

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.21 - 2023 8:44 AM CET

Russian commander extorts own soldiers.

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It is claimed that Russian soldiers were locked naked in a pit by their superiors during the Ukraine war. A corresponding video is spreading on social media.

The Twitter account named "Dmitri" is disseminating this information, as reported by This account is believed to be run by an Estonian blogger based in London, focusing on topics related to Russia and Ukraine.

The video shared by this account shows six men standing or squatting disheartened in a depression. The men's upper bodies are naked while they wear camouflage pants.

It is claimed that they are Russian soldiers. The footage was taken from an elevation, and a Russian-speaking voice can be heard in the background.

The English translation of the spoken words allegedly outlines the men's ordeal.

According to the speaker,

"They put us in a pit and stripped us. We spent four nights there naked."

It continues,

"And then they told us, if you want to get out, you have to pay 400,000 rubles. Otherwise, we will declare you null and void and bury you in the pit."

The demanded sum would be equivalent to about 4,000 euros, which they allegedly had to pay to stay alive. This approach could be another indication of the cruelty of the commanders on the side of the invaders in the Ukraine conflict.

Earlier in the summer, the same account had published a video that allegedly also showed several imprisoned soldiers.

There have also been previous reports that soldiers behind the front were waiting for deserters, who were to be killed on orders from Moscow.

Nevertheless, some seem to have managed to defect to the Ukrainian troops. Reports of inadequate equipment on the side of the Russian armed forces are also not new.

This accusation is also in the room regarding the story of the men in the pit. According to the tweet, they were allegedly asked to attack without the necessary equipment, which they apparently refused to do, not wanting to end up as cannon fodder.

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