Hey again. I have a few years before I'm capable of moving anywhere on my own, but I have a few questions. I was born and raised in NYC, USA, but my family descends from Russia. I have a burning patriotism for Russia and the USSR, and a slight opposition to the US and NATO. I wish to go to Russia when I'm about 18-20. I began learning Russia not too long ago using pimsleur, I memorized the alphabet, and it's coming along nicely. To the point, however, I would like to move there to join the VDV, Navy or the Bureau of Prisons (I forgot the exact name). As an American, I've lived in a world surrounded by Anti-Russian propaganda, some of which is difficult to sort. In my understanding, dedovchina is the hazing of conscripts, and I wish to become a fully contracted soldier. Not to sound weak, but are the stories of abuse and forced prostitution among the military for contract soldiers really as bad as America makes it sound? Are the VDV an all volunteer force (I read that here a few minute ago)?
Also in my understanding, if I signed a 5 year contract, I would be given the option for citizenship in 3? I also read that foreigners can join without an education? This is just in the worst of situations, I'm planning on getting my US high school diploma. Before I move to Russia, will I have to get it translated or converted in some way to the Russian equivalent? (I read its called the attestat something). I've read everything from Russian people being nice and caring to being brutal and anti-American to the core. In the Military, I would assume some are fiercely anti-American, but with my dislike for America and love for Russia, would they single me out in some way?
I've read through the Russian Embassy site, and similar Military sites, but I haven't gotten a clear example on the salary. I read Lieutenants are guaranteed about 50,000 rubles a year (or month?) so if I'm correct, an entry level enlisted person would get $600 USD a year? Can a commanding officer take that salary and keep it for himself in some cases? I also read that most of Russia is incredibly poor and starving, etc, and I've also read the people are doing just fine. I'm having a difficult time clearing up between American exaggerated anti-Russian propaganda and the real thing. Can anyone clear it up?
EDIT: Also, how long is VDV training, and what is it like? Does Russia have an organized training structure like the US, or are recruits just given to a CO and he trains them how he sees fit? I'm also a practitioner of Systema for what it's worth