Mark Galeotti has an article at Foreign Policy magazine regarding Russia's tank biathlon and other military games. Galeotti was at Alabino to witness the games, or at least those that were held there, as some were held in other Russian cities or overseas in some events. Galeotti has written several books on the Russian politics, the Russian underworld, and the Russian military. He has written articles for Jane's Intelligence Review, for War On The Rocks, for The Moscow Times and others. He has a blog titled In Moscow's Shadows, and is on twitter at @MarkGaleotti.
His trip was sponsored by HBO Sports. So will HBO broadcast a special?
A little out of their line I would think, but then the quest for ratings overrules all else no matter the network. They have been branching out away from their traditional shows on basketball, baseball, boxing, football (both American football and soccer). They have been doing specials on Trump-hating Scotsmen, wing-suiting, deep sea free diving by poor Austronesian fishermen, child camel jockeys some starting as young as two, crossword biathlons, etc. So why not tank biathlons.
I don't agree with the title of Galeotti's article in FP. He, or his FP editor calls the games "Decadent and Depraved". Makes it sound like the the gladitorial combat in the Colosseum of the Roman Empire. Yeah, they are a public spectacle, bread and circus for Ivan and Katyusha, but I would not call them depraved. But the article is worth a read. Galeotti was there and witnessed it. He has some insights that never occurred to me in the 26 July post on the biathlon here on this blog. But I note that Galeotti agrees that one of the key reasons for staging the Russian Mil Games is for arms sales.
The link to Galeotti's article is here: the-international-army-games-are-decadent-and-depraved