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Russian military's rap video calls for new recruits

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 01:22

August 01 - Russian Defense Ministry creates a rap video to encourage young people to join the army. Elly Park reports.

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It's the Russian army's effort at rejuvenation. The man seen in the clip is civil servant Anton Gubankov who is rapping about the virtues of the country's men and women in uniform. The YouTube video is to attract new recruits for the Russian military's fall call-up deadline, which is a tough sell to some youngsters on the streets of Moscow. SOUNDBITE: Andrei, 22 Y.O., saying (Russian) "I think this video will not in any way influence people's choice. Because nobody wants to waste a year of his life in the army when you can do a lot of useful things for yourself and for people around you." But others disagree. SOUNDBITE: Sergei, 22 Y.O., saying (Russian) "The army, well it was created for a reason, I think one must serve in the army. I think avoiding it is a choice of the weak." Despite Kremlin pledges to turn it fully professional, the Russian army relies heavily on conscription. And it's been long plagued by charges of corruption. But Gubankov reminds young listeners about the prestige of serving in the military and adds that rudeness and cursing aren't part of that culture.

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Russian military's rap video calls for new recruits

Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 01:22