Olga Kucherenko is anti-Russian
(not just anti-Soviet).
And I say prove it. You don't become a professor at St Johns College if your work is not extensively peer reviewed, fact checked, and otherwise ripped apart by people who would love nothing more than to see you fail. If her work wasn't top notch she'd be teaching history at some po-dunk state college.
Appeal to authority? Yeah, that'll work. Incidentally, French and Greek people have just stated what they think of the whole Austrian school of economics.
Admittedly, my characterization of Ms. Kucherenko as being full of shit was based on the article on modern Russian propaganda I found and you citing her book as proof of the practice of child-soldiering.
The article is cherrypicking in the extreme: it's a 2011 article, We Are From The Future is a 2008 movie with a 2010 sequel both of which went relatively unnoticed by the public, Burnt By The Sun was released in 2010 and 2011 and holy shit is was nominated for an Oscar by the Russian committee, you can't possibly miss that; Bastards is a 2006 movie. Both BBTS and Bastards caused media storms if immense proportions, bringing up discussions of state funding of anti-patriotism, state funding of literally shitting on the Great Patriotic War, embezzlement, software piracy (by way of noted embezzler and BBTS director Mikhalkov who treats the copyright office like his personal noble's estate) and of course child soldiers.
However, looks like Kucherenko isn't too wrong, just pop-lit-sensationalist ("Is Obama a secret Nazi Muslim libertarian communist squidperson?").
Look, a customer review
Specifically, this means that often veterans will retain a politicized language when recalling their experiences from the war and their recollections will either mimic or regurgitate a state sponsored rhetoric.
Kucherenko, however, is adamant that the education system cannot be accused of pressuring children to take part in hostilities. On the contrary, she offers more than enough proof to show how the government did everything to prevent adolescents from such participation.
And an Oxford backscratchy paywall thing
In 1942, a member of a Soviet partisan group, known to history only as ‘Aleksei’, described his experiences of combat against the German invading armies.
At the time when he made these comments, Aleksei was fifteen years old.
Aleksei's comments are quoted by Olga Kucherenko on page 198 of her new study of juvenile combatants in the ‘Great Patriotic War’.
So, cherry-picking: on one hand, we aren't supposed to trust the veterans, because they supposedly regurgitate bullshit, on the other hand, an unidentified "Aleksei" is perfectly quotable and dependable. Also, Aleksei is a 15-year-old partisan (guerrilla fighter), that is, someone stuck on the occupied territories, old enough to be a slave for the Nazis, choosing to run away and fight instead. Not a soldier. Not a "let's join the army" airhead who watched Little Red Devils
one time too many.
I don't find anything particularly horrible in that when a kid's mom is run through with a bayonet, he runs away to join the partisans, relays messages, steals supplies, etc. Except, you know, the whole mom getting run through with a bayonet thing.
Besides, you missed the crux of my argument. Can you point to a single regular military in 1979 that used women in a front line combat role? I remember that when this was hashed out on the Xenonauts forums someone was able to find a link regarding women in the Israeli military serving in a combat capacity in the early 80's but that's it.
Ghadaffi's Amazonian guard doesn't count.
I hope Afgantsy by Rodric Braithwaite (former British ambassador who went on record praising Gorbachov and thus can't be disqualified as a krazy kommie) is an accessible enough source.
Also, 1350 women in LCSOF (Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces) were awarded military honors. LCSOF consisted of Ministry of Defense army regiments, KGB border guards, KGB (Kaskad, Omega) and Internal Affairs (Kobalt) Spetsnaz squads, and high command (MoD and KGB officers). That's it. Soviet civilians working in Afghanistan weren't a part of LCSOF.
The draft law of 1967 excluded women from being drafted. However, women could still volunteer and receive military education, the lack of opportunity for which previously limited their advancement in ranks. The 1969 Army and Navy uniform rules specified uniforms for women officers.
Besides, I did miss the crux of your argument. Specifically, why allowing able-bodied women to volunteer is as bad as forcing children to fight?