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Pensioners from the Russian city of Sverdlovsk recently wrote a letter to the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov about...a reality TV show. The reality show Dom 2 (House 2), like its MTV counterparts, is mostly about young slackers who pretty much do nothing. Russian pensioners, organized by a babushka named Rimma Alesandrovna Vrubel, think that the show is an immoral influence on Russian youth. Mrs. Vrubel has a 17 year old grandson who is due for his mandatory army service next year. The pensioners wrote to Ivanov asking him why the reality TV stars were not doing their duty.
This is the second complaint by elderly pensioners against the show, and today the Defense Ministry replied to the babushka, explaining the results of their investigation. Out of ten participants on the show, five Russian citizens are older than 27 year of age and therefore are no longer eligible for army service. One other participant is a citizen of Uzbekistan. The other four guys are the right age for the army service and the Defense Ministry will do its best to get these able-bodied young men drafted into the army. The pensioners are very satisfied with the Defense Ministry response. "They read our letters and care about the nation's opinion" -- said Mrs. Vrubel.
Imagine if American reality TV stars were suddenly shipped out to boot camp and then the war in Iraq.
May Abrikosov, 25
Dmitri Mazanov, 25
Roman Tretiakov, 26
Andrei Chuev, 26