mobilization briefs

Mobilization in Russia for May 19-20, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

The federal government has endorsed a bill seeking the recognition of unregistered unions if one of the de facto spouses dies or goes missing in action in the war against Ukraine. The surviving partner would be allowed to petition a court to officially recognize their concubinage if the couple lived together in a shared household for at least three years. The requirement would be lowered to only one year if they had a child together. The government has proposed an amendment requiring the partners to not be married to anyone else.

Mobilization in Russia for May 17-19, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Lawmakers are set to introduce a bill into the State Duma [lower house of the Federal Assembly], seeking to cover the cost of air, car and ship transportation, when service members and volunteer fighters taking part in the "special military operation" go on leave. The subsidy would be limited to soldiers who enlisted in distant regions, such as those in the Far North or those composing the Ural, Siberian and Far Eastern Federal Districts.

Mobilization in Russia for May 16-17, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

In the Far Eastern Federal District, the authorities are forming a unit for the war against Ukraine by recruiting from local state employees. The initiative came from the federal ministry responsible for the district’s development in collaboration with the presidential envoy to the district. Vladimir Solodov, Governor of the Kamchatka region [part of the Far Eastern Federal District], has already joined in, declaring that "every one of our compatriots must experience this." However, the sources of the Vyorstka media outlet reported that the call has yet to gain traction among state employees. Meanwhile, in Russia’s constituent republic of Sakha (Yakutia), a regional media outlet reported that the heads of three districts have left for...

Mobilization in Russia for May 14-16, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

The Defense Committee of the State Duma [lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia] has rejected a bill that would have granted fathers of three or more children exemptions from mobilization, if the dependents were under the age of 18, or 23, if studying full-time. At present, the legislation only provides for the exemption of fathers of four or more children under the age of 16. The committee’s report, signed by Chairman Andrey Kartapolov, states that the committee members cannot recommend the bill because “broadening the grounds for exemption will negatively impact the staffing of the Russian Armed Forces.” The federal government did not endorse the bill, either. State Duma member Nina Ostanina, one of the bill’s authors...

Mobilization in Russia for May 13-14, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Vladimir Putin has appointed Andrey Belousov as Russia’s Minister of Defense.The Kremlin published the decrees confirming the composition of the Cabinet of Ministers on the evening of March 14. Earlier in the day, Belousov addressed the Federation Council [upper house of the Federal Assembly] once again. He indicated that one of his priorities would be to supply the Russian Armed Forces, immediately clarifying that he was not referring to mobilization or emergency measures. The new minister intended to focus on provisioning the army with modern military vehicles, ammunition, electronic warfare systems, personal protection and communications equipment, as well as UAVs. Moreover, Belousov considered it imperative to address the military...

Mobilization in Russia for May 10-13, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Vladimir Putin has relieved Sergei Shoigu of his post as Minister of Defense, which he had occupied since 2012, and appointed him Secretary of the Security Council instead, replacing Nikolai Patrushev, whose new position is still unknown. Putin has proposed that Andrey Belousov [former First Deputy Prime Minister] should head the Ministry of Defense. The Federation Council [upper house of the Federal Assembly] is expected to confirm his appointment. On May 13, Belousov spoke at a session of its Committee on Defense and Security, promising to address the health care and benefit issues affecting the participants of the war against Ukraine. While noting that they are well compensated financially, he stated that authorities should work...

Mobilization in Russia for May 9-10, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

In Sri Lanka, the police have announced that at least eight citizens, who previously served in the country’s armed forces, have been killed in the war in Ukraine. According to available information, the Russian Armed Forces recruited at least 60 Sri Lankan nationals, while the Armed Forces of Ukraine recruited 21. Local officials indicate that recruiters were luring many former service members with highly-paid jobs, but later pressured them into signing military service contracts. This week, law enforcement arrested a retired major-general of the Sri Lankan Army, as well as a former sergeant, accusing them of illegally ensnaring local veterans into an armed conflict abroad.

Mobilization in Russia for May 7-9, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

In Moscow, a military parade was held to commemorate Victory Day [celebrated on May 9 in Russia]. The attendees included participants of the invasion of Ukraine. The Ministry of Defense claimed that 200 frontline military personnel joined the parade. The Agentstvo [Agency] independent media outlet noted that at least three individuals serving in units accused by Ukrainian authorities of war crimes were present in the stand next to Putin, among honorary guests:

Mobilization in Russia for May 6-7, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

The list of mobilized soldiers killed in the war has been updated to include Vitaly Lisaev from Mordovia and Denis Isnabaev from Bashkortostan [Russia's constituent republic].

Mobilization in Russia for May 5-6, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Lipetsk regional authorities are moving to bar migrants from several sectors, including logistics and people transportation. They are also considering restricting other sectors in the future. Earlier, authorities had put restrictions on migrant work in the Saratov and Kursk regions, as well as in a number of other federal subjects (1, 2).