32-year-old Captain Aleksandr Tsoy reportedly demanded 3,000 rubles from each of the 112 recruits under his command for retraining as MPs. In exchange, Tsoy promised good living conditions, but he also threatened them with failing the training if they didn’t pay. He certainly helped them fail their first test in any event. In all, 106 paid the young officer a total of 318,000 rubles [$4,700] — the equivalent of several months pay for him.
Tsoy was relieved of duty during the investigation.
It’s interesting and inauspicious that only six trainees refused to pay. The Russian military should be worried that Tsoy apparently didn’t think he’d get caught.