Article – M. Galeotti, « Boozing through the Soviet–Afghan War was More Horrifying than You Can Imagine », Sept 2015

http://warontherocks.com/2015/09/boozing-through-the-soviet-afghan-war-was-more-horrifying-than-you-can-imagine/

September 4, 2015
Mark Galeotti is Professor of Global Affairs at New York University. Way back when he was doing his doctorate, he learned to claim he had liver problems just to avoid having to match Soviet veterans vodka shot by vodka shot.

Soldiers love to drink. Russians love to drink. No wonder that Russian soldiers can be amongst the hardest-core boozers around. If anything, this was even more the case in Soviet times when the very difficulties of getting hold of booze acted as a spur to the ingenuity for which Russians are also rightly known. The same guys who could fix a tank engine with sticky tape or make the world’s toughest rifle were formidable and innovative in their quest for a drink…

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Boozing through the Soviet–Afghan War was More Horrifying than You Can Imagine


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