Russia ‘hunts’ soldiers in the country’s poorest regions

Russia ‘hunts’ soldiers in the country’s poorest regions
Russia ‘hunts’ soldiers in the country’s poorest regions

The partial mobilization decreed by Russian President Vladimir Putin is already in full swing in Russia, where many reservists have already been notified of their duty to join the ranks of the army to fight in Ukraine, while many seek to leave the country as soon as possible.

It is in the Russian regions furthest from the Ukrainian front, where soldiers are buried without cameras and demonstrations have little force or echo, that partial mobilization ‘bursts’ with the greatest bang. “They are taking them all away”, pointed out activist Victoria Maladaeva, from the ‘Free Buryatia’ Foundation. “They are putting people on buses. Nowadays I advise you to flee to neighboring Mongolia while you can.”

According to the independent organization OVD-Info, after the protests in more than 40 cities in the country, cases were detected among the 1,321 detainees in which attempts were made for the detainees to acknowledge receipt of the mobilization notifications.

The well-known human rights lawyer, Pavel Chikov, highlighted, on the social network ‘Telegram’, that in a Moscow police station, young detainees received subpoenas from a representative of the military registration and enlistment office. And in the country’s second city, St. Petersburg, recruitment centers distribute calls to “batches”, he accused.

The Siberian media published a video in which buses were seen entering the city of Neriungrí, in Yakutia, in the Far East.

Other Russians have decided not to wait for military notification and intend to leave the country. There are almost no plane tickets to countries where Russians do not need a visa, such as Armenia, Turkey or Azerbaijan and Central Asia, or if there are, they are prohibitively expensive. At passport control at Domodedovo airport, police asked all the men a series of questions, such as when they bought the ticket, whether they had a return ticket and what the purpose of the trip was.

In principle, Putin assured that only those who have completed their mandatory military service, have combat experience or some specialty required by the Armed Forces will be called to participate in the partial mobilization. MAs raise many doubts about this intention, as cases begin to be revealed that suggest that men other than reservists were also called up. As the case of the husband of a journalist from the city of Ulan-Ude, 38 years old and with 5 children, who was summoned at night despite not being on the reservation and despite the federal law that prohibits the mobilization of reservists with three or more children. .

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