mobilization briefs

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

The EU demanded that Russia conduct an international investigation into the death of Alexei Navalny and free all political prisoners. Earlier, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, indicated the EU would rename its human rights sanctions regime in honor of Navalny.

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 18-19, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Yulia Navalnaya appeared on the Navalny YouTube channel, where she announced that she will carry on his cause, calling on people to stand together with her in the struggle “for our country.” “We know why Putin killed Alexei three days ago. We will reveal the specific reasons soon,” she declared. Mediazona [independent Russian media outlet] published a full transcript of her address. Navalnaya also met with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell. After meeting with her, Borrell stated that Vladimir Putin will be held accountable for Navalny’s death. Moreover, the European Council demanded that the Russian Federation allow...

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 16-18, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Alexei Navalny's spokesperson Kira Yarmysh confirmed that the Russian opposition leader had died. "Alexei Navalny has been murdered," Yarmysh wrote. According to the official notification received by Navalny's mother, he died on Feb. 16 at 14:17 local time (12:17 Moscow time). Lyudmila Navalnaya, 69, was kept waiting outside in the Arctic cold for two hours, only to be handed a telegram stating that her son had died. A prison official assured Navalnaya that her son’s body was taken to the morgue in the town of Salekhard. According to Ivan Zhdanov, director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, Navalny’s mother and lawyer were told that Alexei had been struck down by "sudden death syndrome." Aleksandr Polupan, a doctor who previously...

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 15-16, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

On Feb. 16 at 2:19 p.m. local time, the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region [Russia's federal subject] reported the death of Alexei Navalny in maximum security penal colony No. 3 in the village of Kharp. The agency stated that "all necessary resuscitation measures were taken, which did not yield positive results." Emergency doctors pronounced Navalny dead. Interfax [Russian news agency], citing the Labytnangi Municipal Hospital, reported that doctors attempted to resuscitate Navalny for over half an hour. The hospital stated that the ambulance reached the colony in less than 7 minutes, and medical personnel entered it in two minutes. The distance from the Labytnangi Municipal Hospital to penal colony No...

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 13-15, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that penalizes "crimes against the security of the Russian Federation" with asset seizures. The bill had previously been approved by the State Duma and Federation Council [lower and upper houses of the Federal Assembly of Russia, respectively]. For further details about the bill and its implications, you can refer to our previous summaries (1, 2, 3, 4) and the analysis written by legal experts from Pervyi Otdel [Department One, a human rights project]. Additionally, Meduza [international Russian-language online media outlet] has created cards to explain who and what is at risk now that the law has come into force.

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 12-13, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Authorities in the Krasnodar region have once again increased the sign-up bonus for individuals willing to enlist in the armed forces and participate in the war. Only two weeks ago, the bonus was raised from 200,000 rubles [$2,190] to 300,000 rubles [$3,290]. Now, the sign-up bonus is 500,000 rubles [$5,480]. Individuals who signed contracts with the Ministry of Defense after Feb. 1, 2024, will automatically receive an additional 200,000 rubles [$2,190]. Over the last two years, regional authorities have spent more than 5 billion rubles [$54.80 million] to compensate participants in the invasion and their families. Meanwhile, the deficit of the region’s budget for 2024 amounts to 14% or more than 64 billion rubles [$701 million].

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 11-12, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

Yevgeny Fyodorov, a member of the State Duma [lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia], has commented on the deletion of a draft bill, which sought to harmonize the military service upper age limit during mobilization. He indicated that the authors are currently "refining the wording of the current version." It is worth noting that they had not formally introduced the bill in the State Duma.

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 9-11, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

The Ministry of Defense has deleted the published draft of a bill that sought to raise the upper age limit for contract and mobilized soldiers to 65 years without providing an explanation.

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 8-9, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

In Bashkortostan [Russia's constituent republic], a working group has been established to protect the rights of the individuals detained during recent protests. The group was formed as a result of a directive issued by Governor Radiy Khabirov. It is composed of lawyers, human right defenders and community leaders. They will meet with relatives of the detained and provide protest participants legal assistance free of charge. It is worth noting that authorities have charged at least 55 protest participants with criminal offenses, while Bashkortostan courts have considered 152 misdemeanor cases. For his part, Khabirov spoke negatively about the protesters and refused to honor the memory of Rifat Dautov, who died in police custody.

Mobilization in Russia for Feb. 6-8, 2024 CIT Volunteer Summary

The Federation Council [upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia] has unanimously approved a bill to penalize "crimes against the security of the Russian Federation" with asset seizures. Earlier, the State Duma [lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia] had passed the bill in consecutive second and third readings. For further details about the bill and its implications, refer to our previous summaries (1, 2, 3, 4) and the analysis written by legal experts from Pervyi Otdel [Department One, a human rights project].