mobilization briefs
December 7, 2022

Mobilization in Russia for December 5–6, CIT volunteer summary

Russia's President signed a law on the suspension of the civil service in conjunction with the mobilization. According to the document, civil service other than military service is suspended if a public official was mobilized or signed an enlistment contract. During such suspension, the employee is guaranteed to retain the position he or she occupies.

Mobilization activities in the Russian Federation may resume in the coming days. From December 12 to February 1, a list of persons to be mobilized will be prepared, according to sources in the Main Organizational and Mobilization Department of the Ministry of Defense. The Russian Federal Bailiff Service, as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, will help organize the mobilization.

The Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov again answered the question about the upcoming "second wave" of mobilization, "There are a lot of provocative messages. We need to focus on the information given by the Ministry of Defense and the President." Mikhail Vedernikov, the Governor of the Pskov region, also gave his comment on this issue, "As for today, the second wave is not planned."

The Avtozak-live Telegram channel released a photo of one more letter threatening prosecution for failure to appear at a military commissariat [enlistment office], signed by the head of the Moscow district administration of Otradnoye. Yesterday, we reported on a similar letter. In Tyumen, a police officer called a local resident, claiming that the man was on the "list of dodgers" and requesting him to visit a police department for clarifications. The police department confirmed that the officers were indeed calling men reportedly under the instructions of the military commissariat.

Vyacheslav Gladkov, Governor of the Belgorod region announced the creation of “territorial defense units”. According to him, instructors have already started training and rallying the units in the border districts. The Kursk region followed the neighbor’s example. Its Governor, Roman Starovoyt, also announced the formation of the Patriot citizen’s militia unit,“ “After a complex selection process and combat training, the volunteers will assist the Armed Forces in guarding the region’s territory.”

In the town of Novoshakhtinsk, Rostov region, an unidentified man wearing camouflage and armed with a machine gun wounded a police officer and fled the scene. Reportedly, the felon in question is a deserter. The Sirena plan was announced in the whole region” (used by law enforcement to capture particularly dangerous criminals). Meanwhile, the authorities of Novoshakhtinsk ask the residents to stay off the streets while the search for the criminal is still in progress. Any traffic to and from the city is prohibited. This video shows the suspected shooter.

Two audio recordings from the meetings of Moscow’s Lomonosovsky district council were recovered by The Insider [independent Russian investigative media outlet]. Kseniya Kravtsova, head of the council, can be heard shouting at the workers of the Zhilishchnik housing service company  demanding them to deliver notices for the fall draft at nighttime and not to “report back zeros”.

A man with a whole slew of diseases that preclude him from service in the Armed Forces, including progressive dementia and a severe neuropsychiatric disorder, was mobilized in Sevastopol. Despite his prescriptions, the medical board deemed him fit for service (under category A).

Egor Panchenko (b. 1991), mobilized on October 19, was killed in the Svatove area on November 18. The funeral of the first officially confirmed killed mobilzed resident of the Novosibirsk region took place in the region’s Cherepanovsky district. Nikolay Semenets (33 y.o.) was mobilized in September and killed on November 20.

In the Leningrad region, a mobilized soldier was killed during firing training. On December 5, during the day, a training took place at an artillery range near Luga, Leningrad Region. One group of servicemen practiced shooting from automatic grenade launchers. A soldier lost control of the grenade launcher during the exercise and began to shoot in different directions. One of the grenades  hit 37-year-old Dmitry S. – a mobilized man from the village of Borok in the Vologda region. The soldier died on the spot from a head wound. The Military Prosecutor's Office and the police are now investigating the circumstances of the incident. In Izhevsk, a mobilized man tried to commit suicide two days before being sent to Ukraine. Now he is in the hospital with severe poisoning. Two more mobilized soldiers died in Yelan. In both cases, the cause of death was alcohol. In the first case, a serviceman got drunk and got hit by a car when he was on leave. The second one died right in the training center from excessive drinking. Member of the State Duma from the Sverdlovsk region Maxim Ivanov, often mentioned in our reports, commented on the incident in Yelan, “To be honest, I don’t know [from which city he was mobilized]. He had died, and we did not bother to specify”, — Ivanov commented to the It’s My City Telegram channel.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense continues to publish videos with the mobilized being trained: tank crews of Buryatia improve their combat skills, the mobilized continue combat coordination in the Saratov region, and at a training ground in the Republic of Belarus, servicemen work out a “mopping up” of a settlement. Infantry attack soldiers, mobilized from the Rostov region just a month and a half ago, allegedly captured five prisoners in their first fighting in Marinka.

Activists who petitioned the head of Chuvashia to make a one-time payment to the mobilized soldiers were fined for violating public assembly laws. Recall that already in November, over 100 mobilized from Chuvashia rioted at a training center in Ulyanovsk to protest against the lack of payment.

After the mobilization, the village of Elizavetino in Zabaykalsky region is now populated mostly by children and retirees. A group of Rosgvardia fighters [National Guard of Russia] who returned from the combat zone visited “to support” the children of the local draftees. In Velsk district of the Arkhangelsk region, local officials helped a woman to slaughter her pigs as she could no longer manage the animals after her husband was taken to war. The officials answered the woman’s call for help and the woman then sold the pork.  In Yakutia, the government of the republic proudly reports that villagers help their neighbors whose family members were drafted by fishing for crucian carps. The main square in the city of Chita now features soldiers made of ice. Earlier, in an effort to beautify the city for the New Year celebrations, the city mayor installed plastic soldier figures on the square. The city officials who refer to these projects as “celebrations within a patriotic framework”  also decided to decorate playground slides with army stars.  In Tomsk, children of war participants will enjoy free ski and skate rentals.

The Verstka news outlet spoke with Valentina Melnikova, a famous Russian civil right activist and the head of Union of the Committees of Soldiers' Mothers of Russia, on how the mobilization shook the Russian society and why it is the mothers and not the fathers who are leading the movement to improve the living conditions of mobilized soldiers. Also, according to Verstka, it was recommended not to raise sensitive issues (including protests by mothers and wives of the mobilized) during the meeting planned for December 7 between the Russian President and the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.