mobilization briefs
December 13, 2022

Mobilization in Russia for December 11-12, volunteer summary

All Doctors and Candidates of Sciences working at universities have received reservations from mobilization, Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of Russia, said.

In Urus-Martan, Chechen Republic, there were raids on people who watched the conflict between traffic police and SOBR [Special Rapid Response Unit of the National Guard of Russia] and did not interfere. Ramsan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, threatened to send them to war.

Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of Russia, has responded to a request of Maxim Ivanov, State Duma [lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia] member, about the problems regarding "partial" mobilization in the Sverdlovsk region. In particular, he said that "in order to avoid large concentrations" of mobilized residents of Yekaterinburg, they were transported to the Southern Military District within a day, and then after 10 days of training – to military units. According to Gerasimov, "mobilized soldiers from the Sverdlovsk region are currently gaining combat experience in the course of real hostilities."

Tatyana Merzlyakova, Human Rights Commissioner of the Sverdlovsk region, has given a press conference where she spoke about the work of the Ombudsman's Office since the beginning of mobilization. During the press conference, Merzlyakova said that now it was important for all people to live "in mobilization mode", so issues like a "leaking roof" were not problems that needed to be worried about these days. According to Merzlyakova, the regional office of the Human Rights Commissioner received about 13,000 appeals, most of which concerned those who were mistakenly drafted. 580 mobilized men were returned home. The Ombudsman also said that there were no deserters who could be prosecuted among mobilized soldiers from the Sverdlovsk region. The regional office of the Human Rights Commissioner managed to return 13 prisoners of war. The overwhelming majority of soldiers who had returned from captivity returned to the front.

Some of the mobilized Russian soldiers, who had been forcibly detained in Beryozka former summer camp in Makarovo, Luhansk region, were taken to Russia after the publications of the ASTRA Telegram channel. This was told by the wife of a mobilized soldier from the Sverdlovsk region. “My husband and several other people were taken to Russia. They are now somewhere near Rostov,” Larisa S. said. Previously, ASTRA reported about 90 mobilized men were held in this camp for more than a month.

Svetlana Belova, an activist of the Lada-Rus fringe group and a member of the Council of Mothers and Wives, has been fined for distributing extremist materials, according to the Idel.Realii Telegram channel.

Mobilized soldiers are regularly denied justice in Russian courts. Only a few are able to get military service deferment or challenge their draft. In St. Petersburg, only from Sept. 30 to Nov. 16, 100 mobilization-related administrative cases were registered, and at the moment only one of them was ruled in the applicant’s favor. A significant part of the lawsuits were filed by draftees having health problems. None of them was successful, according to the Sever.Realii online media outlet.

A metalworker from Novokuznetsk left for Moscow in September to work, but ended up in the army. The man was mobilized early in the morning from company housing. The NGS42 media outlet reports about how his relatives are now fighting for the man's return and what the mobilized man himself thinks about what is happening.

The Ministry of Defense reports that draftees from the Kaliningrad region have mastered the Fagot anti-tank missile system. Aleksandr, a mobilized chef, aims to make tank crew members' lives a bit more enjoyable. Although he was ready to take up arms, his culinary skills turned out to be more necessary. Now he feeds service members soups, porridges and  home-style pilaf. Over 600 mobilized servicemen left Noginsk for the combat zone after undergoing training and combat cohesion.

Pavel Zuev, born in 1987, mobilized on Sept. 24 from Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan, was killed in the war. The Sirena Telegram channel found out that 6% of Russians know someone who was mobilized and killed in the war. Researchers from the FBK [Anti-Corruption Foundation] sociological service asked respondents whether they were familiar with mobilized people. In November, the study added a question about knowing someone who was already killed after being drafted. Almost 6% of respondents replied in the affirmative.

Humanitarian aid sent by the Imangulovsky Village Council caused confusion among servicemen: they received two boxes of hand cream and men's shirts. The United Russia party [Putin’s ruling party] sent a New Year's gift to mobilized soldiers at the front line. The package for the entire military unit included 2 packs of cigarettes, 2 razors, 2 tourniquets, a first aid dressing package, some oatmeal, pasta and rice, as well as underwear. Samara volunteers were presented with a Soviet ZIL truck, which they will send to the front.

The initiative to manufacture trench candles is expanding. Сhurches in Tomsk started to produce them en masse by recycling candle ends. Students at the Belgorod State University are offered to participate in the "contest of making trench candles." The families of mobilized residents of the Cherepanovo district of the Novosibirsk region cannot afford coal for heating. The regional legislative assembly reported that they had to turn to its member, Mayis Mamedov, for assistance.

A 22-year-old resident of Nyagan, who was mobilized via WhatsApp, is returning home. This became possible after the story was published in the media. Let us recall that the young man was asked to appear at the draft office only to check documents. At that moment he was in Yekaterinburg, where he enrolled at the university. The man was mobilized despite obvious health problems, but after a media hype, on December 12, he was returned home. “Today, all the documents have arrived and therefore I am going home. I am very grateful and just lacking the words,” the young man commented on his return.

Residents of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions encounter some pitfalls of law: the laws of Ukraine have not been observed for a long time in these territories, the laws of Russia do not work there either, and the laws of the so-called republics are subject to reservations. Often, the residents of the “LPR” who have been subjected to forced mobilization do not know how to protect their rights, how not to end up in the war, and how to protect their interests. The Astra Telegram channel, together with the ZhNR project, collected the main questions of the residents of the so-called LPR/DPR regarding their rights during mobilization. Currently, most of these issues are now relevant for residents of the Russian Federation.

In Chita, a local resident was fined 30,000 rubles for “defamation of the Russian Army” after publishing the description of a dream about mobilization featuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on a social network banned in the Russian Federation.

A draft notice for a 12-year-old boy, which we wrote about in one of the recent sitreps, was called a "technical failure." No other details were specified at the Kansk military commissariat [enlistment office]. “No comment” military commissar Alexander Kiselev said.

The New Year Celebration in Krasnoyarsk was canceled to help the military. The city Mayor's Office announced it at a press conference. In Krasnoyarsk, there will be no fireworks and the festival of ice sculptures. Only local events for children will be held at the Christmas trees. The Mayor's Office said that the saved 7 million rubles will be used to support Krasnoyarsk residents, who are now in Ukraine.