"We should seriously increase our attention to the protection of the personal rights and social guarantees of military personnel and react in the firmest way to any violence and hazing and attempts by commanders to cover up such incidents," he said.
Putin said on 31 January that he supports the idea of creating a military police to clamp down on hazing in the Russian forces.
Putin spoke amid a furor caused by the cases of two soldiers so badly beaten that they had to have their legs amputated.
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