Kazakhstan’s deputy defense minister Maj. Gen. Aitkali Isengulov said that he was proud that death rates among Kazakh soldiers had fallen dramatically over the last three years, Kazakhstanskaya pravda reported May 13. The number of soldiers dying from suicides and barracks violence fell 32 percent from 1992 to 1993 and 26 percent more from 1993 to 1995, Isengulov said. He blamed most of the deaths on social attitudes that the soldiers brought from their homes. In addition, Isengulov noted that Kazakhstan’s soldiers are stealing and selling ever more weapons and ammunition under their control.
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