Corrupt Putin soldiers flog army gear on Russian eBay as war effort falters

Generals in Vladimir Putin's army have been hocking military gear and equipment on Russia's eBay while poorly kitted out troops are sent to fight on the frontline of the blunder-filled invasion of Ukraine.

Online marketplace Avito – Russia's answer to eBay – has been flooded with body armour, weaponry parts and bullet-proof vehicles estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The Sun revealed that a Gaz 2330 Tiger infantry vehicle, which comes with armour plates, spall liners and bulletproof glass windows and which has been used by the Russian army since 2006, was up for grabs on Avito for £250,000.

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The ad claims the vehicle was the 2011 model with a mileage of 17,400 miles.

The ad stated "The ad is real. Please do not distract, call and write only on business." It was posted near a military base outside of Moscow.

A second advert was selling a truck that boasts windows and doors with "ballistic resistance" for about £225,0000. The 2005 model is said to provide "protection for the crew from secondary armour fragments when armour-piercing bullets, shell fragments and mines hit the hull". It also comes with a khaki interior.

Standard Russian military armour is on sale for £85, while a full vest with helmet is on the market for £250 and a pair of granite bulletproof plates are on sale for £125.

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Radios, water filters, bulletproof coverings and high-grade special ops helmets are also up for sale.

This equipment should be going to the soldiers battling on in Ukraine but instead is going towards lining the pockets of corrupt military personnel.

Weapons expert Sam Cranny-Evans told The Sun that flogging military goods is a common practice for Russian army officers who supplement their meager salaries by selling "whatever they've got" online and keeping the cash, while handing out old gear to conscripts.

He said: "What happens is that senior soldiers sell that uniform on Avito and keep the proceeds and hand down [uniforms] from the previous year.

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"Now imagine that happening with body armour. Eventually you end up in a very bad situation where the body armour they [the conscripts] do have available is rotten, destroyed, or just not there."

This news follows six months of war in Ukraine which has been marked by many failures on the Russian side, which includes the loss of top personnel, poor military planning and the sinking of warship Moskva, the pride of the Black Sea Fleet.

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