mobilization briefs
December 11, 2022

Mobilization in Russia for December 9–10, CIT volunteer summary

The parents of Vladimir Klimov, 35, a Rostov region man who was killed in the war, were not informed of the death of their son. They only found out about it when their acquaintances expressed condolences after reading the news in a local newspaper. Journalists knew of his death on December 7 after a classmate of Klimov told them but nobody officially informed Klimov’s parents. Adraft office confirmed that Klimov was killed after his father went to inquire. Vladimir Bikmurzin, a man from Bashkortostan [constituent republic of the Russian Federation] born in 1998, who was drafted,according to him, into the “248th motorized infantry regiment”, was taken prisoner by Ukraine.

Telegram channels familiar with the situation in the Crimea report that a fire erupted at a barracks in the village of Sovietske on the peninsula. According to the pro-Russian Telegram channel Krymsky [Crimean] that in turn refers to a source in the government, two men have died and about 200 servicemen were transferred to different housing. The reporting cites “careless handling of fire” as the cause of the blaze. The pro-Ukrainian Telegram channel Krymsky Veter [The Crimean Wind] claims that the barracks housed mobilized soldiers.

Instead of undergoing a medical examination, a 35-year-old mobilized resident of the town of Cherepanovo in the Novosibirsk region who survived serious traumatic injuries found himself in the zone of the “special military operation” in Ukraine.

The St. Petersburg Culture Committee received a letter from the Russian Ministry of Defense asking for an effort to collect and transfer musical instruments (bayans, accordions, harmonicas, guitars, and balalaikas) to the mobilized and other soldiers at the front in order to lift their fighting spirits.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, mobilized servicemen and volunteers assigned to the Western Military District have begun to carry out combat missions in the "special operation" zone. Squads of "People's Militia" formed in the Belgorod and Kursk regions are being trained at facilities of the Wagner Group in the Krasnodar region. Governor of the Tula region Aleksey Dyumin visited mobilized soldiers preparing to go to the front in a Ryazan military unit.

23 relatives of POWs and servicemen missing in action came to Moscow from various Russian regions to visit the Presidential Executive Office, the Investigative Committee, the Ministry of Defense, and the Military Prosecutor's office. According to them, Colonel Borisenko from the Ministry of Defense promised to meet the women. The women waited outside for 2.5 hours in the cold, but he did not come out to them.

In Moscow, the military commissariat of the Tverskoy district organized a raid on military-aged men as part of conscription activities. This was reported by the Memorial human rights group. About 20 people were captured on the street and taken to the military commissariat. "Men were grabbed right on the street or even at work — one was taken from a coffee shop. The police officers took their IDs and did not introduce themselves." They were then brought to an assembly point on Ugreshskaya Street. According to Memorial, about 20 people were captured, and only 10 turned out to be at the assembly point.

In Kansk, Krasnoyarsk region, a 12-year-old boy received a draft note. On her social media page, his mother said she was surprised that a school student was being asked to register with the military, since typically people do this when they turn 17.

At the end of October Buryatmyasprom [manufacturer of sausages and semi-finished meat products from the constituent Republic of Buryatia] produced 1980 cans of stewed beef for the mobilized residents of Buryatia. A month and a half later Buryat stew appeared at suspiciously low price in Armyansk stores, where the aid was initially sent to. Store employees found it difficult to explain where they got the products from.

A teacher in one of the Moscow region kindergartens requested parents to bring tin cans for the production of "trench candles for our soldiers." Camouflage nets are being produced in the Kursk region. According to local Telegram channels, “women, schoolchildren, and seniors come to a volunteer point every day to contribute to the common cause. This is what real, not for-show support looks like.” Coincidentally, similar “not for-show” volunteer centers have opened across the country.

A mobilized man picked up a dog at the front and sent it to his mother in Bashkortostan, she named the Ukrainian dog Zet.

After 7 days of arrest, poet Alexander Byvshev from Oryol was released. He got arrested for “inciting hatred towards the Russian army” after calling mobilized soldiers “chmobiks” [from Russian “chmo” –jerk].

The Sota Telegram channel journalists have collected all known facts on the "second wave of mobilization" in their video.