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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Homes for Officers

MOSCOW -- Nearly 100,000 officers do not have their own apartments, the deputy defense minister said Thursday, a problem that has badly damaged morale in recent years.

"We have 97,000 officers without apartments," Alexander Kosovan said. "They live in service housing, in family dormitories, some in private apartments."

Housing problems are a central issue that has led to growing discontent among the armed forces.

A study found that officers waited an average of six to seven years before getting their own apartment, but cited the example of one man who lived in military garrisons for 23 years before getting a place of his own.