One of my friends used to be a conscript in the Russian army before immigrating to the US. He didn't have anything nice to say about the Russian military at all. He often bitterly recounts undergoing a very intense psychological and physical abuse regimen known as, Dedovshchina. The stories he recounted made it seem like the greater danger to Russian conscripts came from their own senior officers instead of the enemy. I have no idea how widespread that system is, though.