If you have the stomach for such things, you can view the documentary film Soldat (“The Soldier”, 2001), directed by Paul Jenkins, which graphically illustrates the horrors of hazing in the Russian military, by clicking here.
The authors describe the film as follows: “The Russian Army was once one of the greatest and most powerful armies in the world. Now it suffers from a lack of funding so that it struggles to feed and clothe itself. However they still operate conscription and it is compulsory for young Russian men to do their time. They try to run away and dodge the draft because they have heard the stories about what to expect when they get to camp: beatings from the more experienced soldiers, bad food and freezing conditions. A hierarchical and sadistic system operates there. In this observational documentary the plight of the soldiers is portrayed as comic and yet tragic.”
Thus, not only does the film document Russia’s barbaric indifference to value of individual human life and pathologically aggressive militarism, but it makes it hard indeed to imagine how anyone could possibly be intimidated by Russia’s military or even consider allowing time to pass while it becomes consolidated and more formidable using Russia’s oil windfall.