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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Border Guards Starving, Residents Say

VLADIVOSTOK, Far East -- Border guard troops in the Far Eastern city of Nakhodka are "nearly starving" on half rations, area residents wrote federal authorities in a letter cited by a news agency Wednesday.

About 100 young conscripts have been diagnosed with "acute weight deficiencies," according to Itar-Tass. It said their units had received no money for food this year.

Military officials have said a chronic shortage of funds has left many units of Russia's armed forces short of food, housing and other necessities.