Children undergo weapons training at the General Yermolov Cadet School just outside the south Russian city of Stavropol.

The General Yermolov Cadet School is a state-run institution that teaches military strategy and classes in patriotism in addition to a normal syllabus.

The school allows its pupils to take part in field-training trips, during which they spend a night in a base and undergo physical drills and weapons training. The outings are seen as a treat for students, and those with poor school marks are not allowed to go.

A young boy is taught how to shoot a pistol
A young boy is taught how to shoot a pistolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A boy holds two rifles at the General Yermolov Cadet School during a two-day field exercise near the village of Sengileyevskoye, just outside the south Russian city of Stavropol
A boy holds two rifles at the General Yermolov Cadet School during a two-day field exercise near the village of Sengileyevskoye, just outside the south Russian city of StavropolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A child wearing a jacket with a teddy bear on it carries an automatic rifle at the cadet school
A child wearing a jacket with a teddy bear on it carries an automatic rifle at the cadet schoolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A child selects an automatic weapon at the General Yermolov Cadet School
A child selects an automatic weapon at the General Yermolov Cadet SchoolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
Children with guns play with a dog at the General Yermolov Cadet School
Children with guns play with a dog at the General Yermolov Cadet SchoolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School holds an automatic rifle during a two-day field exercise
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School holds an automatic rifle during a two-day field exerciseEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School perform fitness exercises
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School perform fitness exercisesEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A boy is made to do push-up as a punishment for losing equipment
A boy is made to do push-up as a punishment for losing equipmentEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School has a drink during a break
A student from the General Yermolov Cadet School has a drink during a breakEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A boy lies on his bunk at the General Yermolov Cadet School
A boy lies on his bunk at the General Yermolov Cadet SchoolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A boy from the General Yermolov Cadet School takes part in an Orthodox service
A boy from the General Yermolov Cadet School takes part in an Orthodox serviceEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
Female cadets brush their hair at the General Yermolov Cadet School
Female cadets brush their hair at the General Yermolov Cadet SchoolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A young cadet takes part in weapons training during a two-day field exercise
A young cadet takes part in weapons training during a two-day field exerciseEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
A lecturer shows students a picture of General Mikhail Skobolev, a highly decorated and revered strategist from the 19th century, during a military history lesson at the General Yermolov Cadet School
A lecturer shows students a picture of General Mikhail Skobolev, a highly decorated and revered strategist from the 19th century, during a military history lesson at the General Yermolov Cadet SchoolEduard Korniyenko / Reuters
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School receive weapons training
Students from the General Yermolov Cadet School receive weapons trainingEduard Korniyenko / Reuters